Running because you want to: 6/10-16 WRD

Although the trail series is going on in my neck of the woods (free trail runs at various locations), I’ve yet to make it to one (the one trail run I did do was a different group). It’s either threatened rain, been raining, or I just didn’t want to tackle the mud. Plus they’re usually at least a half an hour away, they start at 6:30 pm . . . I’m just not a night runner.

So I figured I’d run on the treadmill on Thursday, but I wasn’t feeling it. Then I figured I’d do a short run on Friday, which turned out to be chilly, but would have been an okay day to run. Yet I still wasn’t feeling it. I had a lot to do. I planned a “long” run Saturday. I ended the week only running one mile less than the previous week, even with 3 runs vs 4.

There is no serious training going on, there’s a lot of other stuff going on in life — so for once I just listened to my body. Slight exaggeration. I don’t know why I have a tendency to push (often) when it comes to running.


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing running, “training”, and staying active.


And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Back Yoga (30 min), 3 Miles Easy, PB Toning (20 min)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Back Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Morning Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles w/speed work
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga Booty Ballet (40 min)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates for Runners Legs (30 min)
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD, Yoga (15 min), PB Abs (10 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Studio Yoga (60 min)

Mileage: 12 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Lots of Koi

Another beautiful morning to run. I realized when I got to the park that the plan is to run there Wednesday evening — oh well! It was a strong run. Consistent the first couple of miles then faster on the last. I threw in some strides in mile 1 & mile 3. I also realized that my race in July is hilly, and yup, I should be getting back to hill repeats!

. . . pattern twinning yet again

Met up with the group again, and several friends were also there. Usually these are unstructured runs, but tonight it was speed work. On a short trail through the woods, oddly enough (to keep us out of the sun?).  Then the friends went for ice cream, and I headed home (because it was almost bedtime for me!

No hill repeats, but I did run/walk up this hill

Met up with the group for a longish run. Beautiful day. Oddly enough the first mile, when I ran with the speedy people for a change, was very slow. The middle miles were very consistent (I did mostly run another mile with one person), with the pace picking up the fifth mile. The sixth mile I ran/walked again with some friends, so it was a nice cool down. 

Because I wanted to run up Blatnick (the hill), I knew I’d have a long cool down walk but it was longer than I’d anticipated!

Still, a very nice run and my longest in about 6 weeks. With no big races I don’t really anticipate them getting much longer. Maybe I’ll do 7 if I’m feeling it — I wasn’t even sure I’d go to 6 yesterday and I won’t lie, I was getting a little tired the last couple of miles.

Shuussing up salads with lettuce & herbs from the garden

Favorites of the week
I definitely should have planted more lettuce, but at least I’m not having to buy it as often. It’s oddly enough for the first time I’ve planted lettuce.

Playing near Cohoes Falls

It had been quite a few years since we’d visited these local falls (read more about them here). In the meantime they’ve built a park at the entrance. Unfortunately, they also don’t allow dogs. They had NO DOGS signs at the entrance, but they never had someone there before so I figured why not take the dogs in?

Well, they have someone there now, and the NO DOGS rule is enforced, although he was very nice about it. When we’d gone here before there was no such rule. Apparently a child got bitten by a dog. Where I am in front of the falls is a different (smaller) park, and there were no signs prohibiting dogs there.

The view from far away

We’ll have to go back sometime soon without the dogs. With all this rain the falls are fairly full (although it is also controlled via locks for power and tends to be not as full in the summer).

They are the second widest falls in NY state, right after Niagara, and they’re really kind of a hidden gem. When I first read about them and asked friends who lived here almost no one had heard of them. Yet they’re free to visit (just don’t take your dogs) and there’s free parking across the street — Springtime is usually the best time to visit.

We are actually not at my parents today, as I have to go down on Tuesday to take my mom to the doctor for some tests. It will be a really long day. Considering that it’s pouring buckets today (and is also supposed to rain on Tuesday, naturally), I’m really glad that we’re not on the road.

Do you have a favorite waterfalls near you?

Ever heard of Cohoes Falls? 

How are you celebrating the men in your life today? 

28 thoughts on “Running because you want to: 6/10-16 WRD

  1. No waterfalls here, although that ford I posted about a while ago went all excited with the rain we’ve been having and yes, another car got swept away and stuck under the bridge! I meant to put that in the blog post, actually! Those falls are lovely and I also love your matching skirts.

    I can’t wait until I can run when I want. In a month, racing will be over!

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  2. I am with you, Judy. I should be doing hill repeats too. I found that out during a hilly portion of the race I ran yesterday. You are killing the yoga workouts. I need to do more yoga. there are often days when I feel like taking a day off of running, but I don’t want to do nothing. some nice, relaxed yoga would fit in nicely.

    I have never heard of Cohoes Falls, but it looks like a beautiful place.

    And speaking of beautiful…that salad looks delicious! I love salads, but hate making them! If only I had a live-in chef, I would eat salads every day! 🙂


  3. I’m with Laurie. I never make salads at home. Too much trouble. I love them and order them out.

    Been to Cohoes Falls many times. That’s one of the reasons I’ve run the Mastedon Challenge.

    I only managed 3 runs this week. Life always seems to get in the way of running. And I do have big races on my schedule including one this Sat.

    Went out to lunch with my stepson to celebrate Lou’s day.

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    1. I think salads are one of the easier things to make. Especially mason jar salads. I’ll be making one today to bring with me tomorrow (will be an all day affair taking my mom to the dr for tests).

      Mr. Judy is happier NOT going out on Father’s Day. The BBQ the day before was a nod to him, since it’s not really my thing.

      I only did 3 runs last week but that’s because it just what I felt like. Might be the same this week — or not. We’ll see.


      1. I always FEEL like running but seem to not have time. Same this week. I may only get in 1 esp if it rains on Thurs. If I didn’t work, I would run every day (which is probably not a good thing.)

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  4. This would be a great year to grow lettuce since it’s so cool. Typically I grow it and it bolts from the heat so I’ve given up. Those are gorgeous falls. No falls around here. Too bad the dog are no longer allowed in.

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    1. Yeah, it’s really too bad I planted so little lettuce (especially considering the rate I consume it). I’ve had problems with it bolting in the past, too, but the cool rainy days followed by sunshine have been just about right for the garden — not so much for the humans.


    1. That Wed night run is every other week & it’s a new group run this year. The trail runs have been going on a long time and I swear they always get rained on.

      I think soon I might be shifting to more solo runs, because most of the time I won’t be able to do Sat runs for the next couple of months.


  5. I make salads all the time and I take them for lunch! We have lettuce in the garden now but I like to mix it up with spring mix from the store. Last week, I made Deborah’s kale salad.

    Those falls are beautiful. And no, I’ve not heard of them!

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    1. Deborah’s salad looked amazing!

      I really do love salads, too. I don’t eat them just because they’re “healthy”. My garden lettuce is spring mix, so I get romaine at the grocery store to mix it up.


    1. Well, I haven’t staked my tomatoes yet. Or my peonies (which tend to get leggy so they need it). Or weeded, but thankfully mine is a very small area to work on. The rain definitely makes it difficult!


    1. I would never have even noticed the Koi in the lake if some people hadn’t been looking at them — I was staring at the goose with her goslings further out in the lake.

      Thankfully here the mosquitoes are not so bad (although apparently Darlene feels differently). Not yet anyway. We’ve had so much rain, I can see them getting much worse if we warm up.

      If you come up & ever have time you should see the Falls (although sometimes they’re not as impressive).


  6. I love salads and I make them every work day. Sometimes even on the weekend at home. I have such a routine with it that it takes no time at all to make, I only switch up the protein that I add or maybe the dressing. I try to eat all my veg during the day so if I have just a quick sandwich before or after training in the evening then at least I’ve covered my bases.

    We don’t have waterfalls per se here. We have man-made creeks and falls but they hardly fall so I wouldn’t write home about them haha! Cohoes sounds nice. It’s a Dutch name, no? Looks like it anyway. I have only been to Multnomah falls outside of Portland, Oregon otherwise. I’d love to see more falls in the US for sure.

    My stepson came out Saturday night as a surprise for dad and we had dinner together on Sunday. so that was nice.

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    1. I’m with you on the salads & the fact that they usually don’t take much time. I made up some mason jar salads just the other day. 3 salads in maybe 20 min? Three grab & go lunches.

      I never thought about Cohoes being Dutch but no doubt it is, there’s a very strong Dutch influence here.

      And I could definitely see how a relatively flat country would have no waterfalls. I love them so I’d miss that, not that we really get to them here all that often.


  7. Cohoes falls looks lovely! Too bad about the dogs. And too bad one incident led to all dogs being banned. Around here, Great Falls is (are?) a hidden treasure, about 15 minutes north of DC. I hope everything went ok with your mom.

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    1. I don’t think I ever heard of Great Falls (I lived one year in MD before I got married).

      Everything went ok with my mom, thanks for asking. Although the they couldn’t do a stress test, as she has a strange EKG — she’d been told that years ago & this confirmed it. I’m not sure where that leaves her, they’re trying to determine whether or not she needs a pacemaker. I guess we’ll find out.


  8. Those falls are beautiful!!! Definitely no falls in the city but there is a pretty and small in Lake Katherine which is close to my mom’s place.

    I eat a salad once in a while and like it with raspberry vinaigrette dressing, strawberries, black beans, and chick peas.

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