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