Monday Running Update


Last Week:

  • Monday – It was a holiday and I signed up at the last minute for a 5K race. Not my best nor my worst.  Scored 1st in my age group and met up with a lot of runners that I knew. But missed a day on the lake. Can’t have it all.

  • Tuesday – I took a trip to NYC because my friend Anna (from Russia) was going to be there (on her way back from a Maine wedding).  Unfortunately the early trains were sold out so I took the bus and arrived around 1:30 pm. We walked to Pier 81 and had lunch on the North River Lobster Boat. Then we walked on the  High Line and ended the day with drinks and crepes on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel. The weather was windy, cloudy and drizzly but still a wonderful day.

 Since I saw her 3 years ago, she has taken up running. So proud!!

  • Wednesday -First day on the new job.  Took a walk to Starbucks at lunch. (Yes I work near Starbucks again!!) Both Alyssa and Barbara had to cancel so I had to go it alone after work at UAlbany. It seemed that summer’s humidity had returned. Ugh!!

  • Thursday – Today was even hotter and more humid than yesterday. Another solo run on the rail trail. 

  • Friday – a real rest day. I was supposed to meet a friend at the gym and I didn’t even do that. Mah jongg with my friends in the evening was fun.
  • Saturday –  5K race and then some miles afterward. The race was good. Actually one of my fastest this year and won 2nd in my age group. The run afterward was a struggle. I had to bribe myself with food.

won a bottle of champagne & a $50 gift card to the Recovery Room restaurant

it wasn’t pretty but got it done and my reward was delish

  • Sunday – Spent a perfect day on the lake. It was sunny, not too warm with a breeze.  None of our friends were around so we docked on an island, had champagne (the bottle that I won at my race the day before) with our lunch, I read a book and then went for a hike.

21 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days.

This Week:  

  • Monday 4 mile run, gym, dinner out
  • Tuesday –  rest, mall walk with BFF
  • Wednesday –  3 mile run with a friend+ volunteering with STEM group
  • Thursday –  4 mile run with a friend
  • Friday –  rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday – rest, boating
  • Sunday – Saratoga Palio Half Marathon!!
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.

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


Tuesdays on the Run: Running Breaks

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Running Breaks

There are many reasons to take a break from running.

  • Injuries

This is the worst.  Injuries suck.  There is nothing you can do about them.  You just can’t run.  And you always wonder if you will again.

I have had a few.  Broken foot in 2013…

good thing I kept those critches

Stress fracture in late 2012…

my new shoe

Ankle surgery for 2 broken bones in early 2012…

now and for the next 8 weeks

  • Weather

When I first started running, I stopped in October and began again in April.  Then I realized that I could run in the cold weather, even in the snow. Running in the rain and ice.  Not for me!!


Living in the Northeast, there were many days like below when I did not run.

The same can be true if you live in a warm, humid climate.  It is hard to run in those conditions.


doesn’t this look inviting?

  • Life

Yup, sometimes life gets in the way.  I work full-time and I am not a morning runner. Evening and weekend work, family and friend obligations often make running impossible.

My hubby and my friends do not run so I try not to let running interfere with my relationships.


dinners out with friends


boating with the hubby


tennis instead of running

Sometimes, I’d rather be running but I know I always can’t choose running.

  • Tapering or Recovering

Also we may not want to take a break, we know we have to. Before and after a long race, I usually take at least 2 days off. I like to be active and feel like a slug when I don’t run.  But I that these old bones need a rest or there will be repercussions.


best post half recovery

  • Lack of Mojo

This is a tough one.  It’s when you just don’t feel like running.

I’ve had this feeling many times but since I sign up for so many races, I know that if I don’t run, there will be consequences.

There are many reasons for lack of mojo:

  • Over training
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Poor races results

We’ve all experienced these.

I have recently felt the last two.  Since my half in April, my feet have bothered me on and off.  It is not fun to run when something hurts.



I also have been disappointed in my finish times.  I am getting slower.  Especially for my April half which I trained for and the course was flat.  I expected to do better and I was depressed for long time afterwards.


not happy here

As a result, May was a low mileage month for me… (even though I ran a half marathon!!)

may mi

Happy Running?  Do you take breaks from running?


Monday Running Update

Last Week: (Week 11 of HM training – The Taper) 

  • Monday – walk at work, 5 3.5 mile run


  • Tuesday – walk at work, rest, tennis


  • Wednesday – 3 mile run, walk at work, rest, STEM celebration



most of the STEM group –

  • Thursday – walk at work, 3 mile run, hair appt


  • Friday- party brunch, walk at work, retirement party, 3 mile run, mah jongg
Holday Party 2015 002

I had an omelette after this also


  • Saturday –  rest, errands, cooking

meat loaf, broccoli quiche, beef vegetable soup – also made tuna noodle casserole

  • Sunday – 6.2 Mile race + 1.8 more miles



This Week: (Week 12 of HM training) 

  • Monday – walk at work, rest
  • Tuesday – walk at work, 3 mile run, tennis
  • Wednesday – walk at work, 3 mile run, mall walk with BFF
  • Thursday –  restwalk at work, PACK
  • Friday- rest, fly to West Palm Beach, FL, pick up race packet
  • Saturday –  RACE DAY!!! 13.1 miles!
  • Sunday – rest, sun, relax
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

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


Tuesdays on the Run: Tapering

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Tapering

Well, this topic is appropriate because I have a 10 mile race this coming weekend.

So I guess I am tapering.

What does “tapering” mean?

It is the gradual reduction of training intensity and duration as you edge forever closer to race day. It is a necessary aspect of endurance training and it starts in the last few weeks before the big day.

A few weeks in the case of a marathon.  For me, it is the last week before a half marathon.  After my long run of 12 miles, I reduce my long run to 8 miles and run several times during the last week.  Those runs are usually only 3 miles and then I rest for two days before the big event.

Why is tapering important?

  • Studies show that levels of muscle glycogen, enzymes, antioxidants, and hormones–all depleted by high mileage–return to optimal ranges during a taper.
  • The muscle damage that occurs during sustained training is also repaired.
  • And if that isn’t enough, immune function and muscle strength improve, as well, which reduces the odds you’ll catch a cold or get injured just before the race.
  • You will not lose your fitness during the tapering period.
  • If you do it properly you are likely to feel fresher on race day than you have ever felt.

What should you do during a taper (so you don’t go crazy)?

  • Obsessively check the weather for race day.
  • Plan your race outfit.
  • Make sure you have the right fuel for the race.
  • Check the race Web site for race-morning particulars such as start time, and work out the details of how you’ll get to the start on race day.
  • Also check the race Web site for the course map and study it.
  • Relax!!

Back to my tapering.

I don’t feel like I need to taper because I really didn’t train hard.

10 mile training

13 mile week included my only uninterrupted long run of 8.5 miles

Most of my long runs were interrupted by a race.

This taper will be an easy one since the forecast is for rain everyday. I hate to run in the rain and I’m not a fan of treadmills.

Happy Running!  What are your thoughts about tapering?


Monday running update

20140625-122436-44676505Last Week:

  • Monday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work

early morning run


AM walk

  • Tuesday –4 mile run before work, walk at worktennis

so glad I did it in the am…a sweaty one!


AM walk


PM walk

  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work, after work (RAIN – should have done it before work), walk at work, yoga
AM walk

AM walk

  • Thursday – rest, 4 mile run before work, walk at work



  • Friday – DAY OFF – 3 miles, on the river, hanging with friends, mah jongg

in Williamstown, MA

  • Saturday- 12 miles, dinner with former college roommates

on the Nisky Bike Path & the Crossings


restaurant on the Hudson

  • Sunday -rest, boating

my friends first ride on the lake


This Week:

  • Monday – DAY OFF – 4 mile run
  • Tuesday -walk at work, rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work, yoga
  • Thursday – 3 mile run before work, walk at work, dinner out for a friend’s bday
  • Friday -walk at work, rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday- rest
  • Sunday –Saratoga Half Marathon!!!

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


Taper Time


For me, it doesn’t really feel like a taper because I don’t feel that I trained hard.  I didn’t really increase my mileage.  It stayed around 3 miles with  some 4 milers thrown in. Some outdoors and some on the treadmill. (It’s been a tough winter to train.)

On the weekends, my long runs started early. After my half marathon in October, I started preparing for a 15k in November, then a 10 miler and a 15K in January.  That means I had many runs of  9-10 miles.  None were without excessive walk breaks. I also skipped a long run when I was in Florida. But I did 2 -11 milers and  a 12 miler.

My running schedule looked something like this:

Week Date Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Total Miles
1 6-Jan 0 0 0 3 0 10 3 16
2 13-Jan 0 0 4 3 0 8 0 15
3 20-Jan 4 0 3 4 3 0 9.3 23.3
4 27-Jan 0 3 3 4 0 4 + 4 4.3 22.3
5 3-Feb 0 4 4 0 4 0 10 22
6 10-Feb 0 4 0 4 4 0 10 22
7 17-Feb 3 0 4 0 0 11 0 18
8 24-Feb 0 0 0 4 3 3.1 4 14.1
9 3-Mar 0 0 3 3 5 0 11 22
10 10-Mar 0 4 3 4 0 4 12 27
11 17-Mar 0 0 4 3 4 0 8 19
12 24-Mar 0 4 3 0 0 0 13.1 20

So I don’t feel ready but then again, I don’t feel tired or over-trained.  We’ll see how it goes. I am pretty confident that I will finish.  How fast?? Haven’t a clue.

Today, I ran only 8.5 miles (yeah only 8!). It was another SLOOOOW cold WINDY one (what else is new?)


almost track season


will the snow ever melt?


last long run in Delmar…bike trails should be almost clear

This week, I am just taking slow …getting some runs between the rain and wind and the sun (and  tennis &  hair appt), making sure that I stay healthy.

Happy Running!  Do you enjoy tapering?  Any advice?


Tuesday Update – the Aftermath

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  (DAY OFF) 4 miles on the rail trail, tennis

pre-rain trail run

  • Tuesday – 1 mile walk at work, dinner with friends

dinner at Helsinki in Hudson, NY

  • Wednesday – 1 mile walk at work,  2 miles  after work, YOGA
pre yoga run

pre yoga run

  • Thursday – 1 mile walk at work,  3 miles after work on the Treadmill

thank God for Nashville

  • Friday – 1 mile + 2 mile walk at work, REST,  Les Miserables in the evening
lunchtime walk in the park

lunchtime walk in the park

  • Saturday – REST, expo, REST, boating on Lake George

Lake George

  • Sunday – 13.1 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!, boating on Lake George

3 happy finishers


more Lake George

This Week:

  • Monday – REST, mall walk with BFF
  • Tuesday  – tennis
  • Wednesday  – 2 miles, yoga
  • Thursday – 3 miles
  • Friday – REST, mah jongg
  • Saturday – 10K race
  • Sunday –  REST, spectate at a Duathlon

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


Tuesday Update – The Taper

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Last Week:

  • Monday – 12 miles (DAY OFF)
tough run on NIsky bike path
  • Tuesday – 2 mile walk, tennis
  • Wednesday –  3 miles at home before work, yoga, 1 mile walk at work
  • Thursday – 3 miles at home before work, 1 mile walk at work
  • Friday – 3 mile walk to pick up my race packet, rest
  • Saturday – 5k race +5 miles, Les Mis in the evening
Race for Cure 5K

Race for Cure 5K

post race run in the park

post race run in the park

  • Sunday – trip to NYC to see Matilda



This Week:

  • Monday – (DAY OFF), 8 mile long run, 4 mile run, tennis
  • Tuesday  – REST, dinner with friends
  • Wednesday  – 2 miles after work, yoga
  • Thursday – 3 miles after work
  • Friday – REST, Les Mis in the evening
  • Saturday – REST, boating one last time?
  • Sunday –  13.1 miles!!!!!

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


Training Over… Recovery Over…Now What?


or rather 2 weeks in review…

Week 12 Update:

  • Monday – 3 mile run on the treadmill at lunch, tennis after work


  • Tuesday – REST – flew from Albany to Ft Myers, Fl.
  • Wednesday – REST – walking around Cape Haze, sitting at the beach & pool

in the park

  • Thursday – 3 mile run outside, walking around Venice, sitting at the pool

running a Cape Haze neighborhood

  • Friday – REST – sitting at the beach, walking around The Meadows

relaxing in the sun at Boca Grande beach

  • Saturday – REST – walking around the Meadows, sitting at the beach

During our stroll around The Meadows in Sarasota

  • Sunday – 13.1 mile race, walking around Sarasota

Sarasota Half Marathon

The TAPER was completed nicely and I finished the race!!!!

Recovery Update:

  • Monday – REST – walking around Cape Haze, sitting on planes and in airports


  • Tuesday – REST – tennis cancelled due to snowstorm
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run on the treadmill after work (Testing out my new Newtons)


  • Thursday – REST
  • Friday – 3 mile run on the treadmill after work (still testing the new sneaks)
  • Saturday – REST (running after a 19 mos & 6 yr old at the mall)


  • Sunday – 4 mile run outside


Recovery completed nicely.

Now what?

  • Monday – tennis
  • Tuesday – 3 mile run on TM, Passover seder
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run in Albany, YOGA
  • Thursday – 3 mile run near home
  • Friday – REST, mah jongg
  • Saturday – 5K race + 2 more
  • Sunday – Rest

Happy Running!  Anyone else experience post training letdowns?


Time to Taper

taperWeek 11 Update:

  • Mon- Tennis
  • Tues – 6 miles (3 miles on the TM at lunch & 3 miles outdoors after work)
  • Wed – walking around NYC

at the Chinese Scholar Garden on Staten Island

  • Thurs – 3 miles on TM (hair appt after work)
  • Fri – 4 miles on TM after work –SNOW
at least we had a 2 hour delay in the am

at least we had a 2 hour delay in the am

  • Sat – REST
  • Sun – 8 MILES

Saturday was a PERFECT day for running, of course. Sunny, no wind and 52 degrees. Since I was not scheduled to run, instead I went up to Saratoga with my hubby. He visited with a friend & I went to the Summer Expo. There were some running booths but mostly tri-related ones. I couldn’t resist buying these Newtons since they were 40% off. I am not that fond of the color but the ones in the colors I liked (blue or pink) just weren’t as comfortable.


After the expo, I walked around the town and watched this guy practicing his tightrope skills in the park.


On Sunday, I went for my last long run. It was a nice day but very breezy and not as warm as Saturday. I decided to finally go to the Corning Bike Trail on the Hudson. I figured that the snow would finally be melted off the path…and it was.


Running into the wind I was chilly and then going back the other way, I was sweating. Oh well. I can’t complain. This was the BEST weather I’ve had for any of my training runs.


I can’t say that it was a good run. I took some Gu before I started but I ran out of gas at 6 miles (even though I walked a lot.) I didn’t bring anything with me (my fault) and running back was into the wind. I even struggled with my breathing for the first time ever. UGH!!

But I finished my 8 miles!


It took me 1:35:xx. SLOOOOW!!!

Still I know even at my snail’s pace, I can finish the half under the 4 hour time limit.

I can’t wait to do it! Enjoy it! Get my medal! And then train better for the next one.

Week 12:

  • Mon- 3 miles on TM at work, Tennis after
  • Tues – REST (fly to Florida)
  • Wed – REST
  • Thurs – 3 miles in sunny warm Florida
  • Fri – REST
  • Sat – REST
  • Sun – 13.1 miles!!!
  • Mon – REST (fly home)

Happy Running! How many miles do you run while tapering?