Waterfall Chasing: 3/29 – 4/4 WRD

One of the benefits of rain/snowmelt is the waterfalls are quite full. There is definitely something about a waterfall that has always entranced me!


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running post vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 easy miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk/Short hikes/walks
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 4ish TM (Endurance + Tread Bootcamp), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio Toning?, Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 13 (+3)

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 Update

Hello sunshine (in flower form)

Tuesday Intention: easy run
It was a positive splits kinda day. The first mile was brisk — both weather and pace-wise, but after that I began to tire and got slower and slower. It was also pretty windy. I think? I didn’t start this post until Thursday. Oops!

Thursday Intention: endurance, speed, strength
I know that if I want to put in extra miles I have to do it before the Peloton Tread Bootcamp, so I did a short endurance run first. The Bootcamp had sprint intervals. All told an hour of hard work. Normally I’d do a bike cool down, but it was lunch time!

What a great idea!

Saturday Intention: enjoy nature
Ultimately I was glad that Mr. Judy had something today so I got my run done yesterday — it was a beautiful (but cold) sunny day! I did trail miles, and I ended up at a dam I didn’t even know was there, because I hadn’t gone that far on that trail before. The last 2 miles were a bit of a struggle. Definitely notice a slight hit to my endurance with that first vaccine, even a little over a week later.

I might have seen an eagle (so many birders come to these trails), but hard to say. I saw a very large bird flying, and I don’t think it was a hawk or crow. They had this really cool exhibit with pages from a children’s book on trees, so a nature walk where the kiddos could read a book page by page. I thought that was so clever!

Nice having these so close to home!

Favorites of the week
I spent multiple days trying to get close to Cohoes Falls, which is a large waterfall quite close to me. Didn’t happen — yes, I saw it, but from a distance (closer park doesn’t open until May).

Imagine my surprise to find this on my run yesterday!

I did discover the dam I didn’t know existed on my long run, though. Next week looks like we’ll have decent weather so I’m hoping to get Mr. Judy & Bandit on a short waterfall hike again.

They were not happy I invaded their space this time 🤣

In one of our unsuccessful waterfall hunts, we did come across this pleasant little park. Wish I had that right in my neighborhood! More geese, you’ll notice, but no interactions (unless you count Bandit trying to eat their poop, of course).

It did stick around overnight but quickly melted

Not a favorite? The April Fool’s snow! That happens pretty regularly in these parts, though, and was gone as quickly as it came.

I think we need more; don’t you?

Last but certainly not least, the bulbs emerging!

Have you discovered new things in your area recently? 

Has Winter made an unwelcome return? 

If you celebrate Easter, a very happy (and safe) Easter to you!

GWY Immune Boost + Breast Health

ICYMI: If you’re going to be vaccinated or just were vaccinated, you may enjoy this gentle, immune boosting practice, which is also great for breast health. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I share why I love Spring running. Friday I’m sharing some great Essential Oils for runners.

66 thoughts on “Waterfall Chasing: 3/29 – 4/4 WRD

  1. So glad you got your first shot. Surprised that you had a reaction on the first one. Be prepared then for the 2nd.

    I have almost attacked so many times at Coring by those nasty geese, UGH!

    Sherry and I were sweating on our run but it was sunny early and no wind… then the sun went in and we were chilled at Chris’

    Yes yes. Though I’ve been racing during the pandemic but any race lately is exciting. Have one in April and one in May.

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      1. They also said that women often get more reactions. Still, it’s random. And I’m younger than your husband as well.

        I just read a thread on a 50+ runners group with women struggling with low energy for months afterwards.


      2. As you said, it is so random. I ignore most of what I read because of that. I know younger women who got Moderna and felt perfectly fine. I know men who got Pfizer and felt crappy. It’s related to your immune system. And it’s better than getting COVID.

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    1. I’d rather see crocuses than snow! One thing that frustrates me about bootcamps is not being able to round up my miles. I guess I could keep running and then “rewind” the strength segment …. I love waterfalls. We don’t have many close by except Great Falls, which is more like rapids.

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      1. I only estimate my treadmill miles anyway. Neither my Garmin nor the treadmill are accurate. Sometimes I want to combine strength & running so it seems simpler to do it that way. Until you actually do it. 😊

        We don’t have many big ones like Cohoes, but there are many nature areas with falls in the area. I guess it makes up for no ocean nearby!


  2. So glad you could get your first vaccine! Hopefully the second one goes ok. I still don’t have any live races on the agenda. It seems like around here they are still not happening. The bigger ones are not getting approved and the smaller ones were announced as virtual a long time ago. We’ll see what the fall brings!

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  3. Yay on your first vaccine but bummer on the effects. Hopefully the 2nd one is better. I am looking forward to a real life race but at the same time am not. I’ve struggled on many of my runs and don’t think I am ready for a race. But, I guess I could run it just for fun?

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    1. Usually the second is worse but I guess we’ll see; my husband has his second tomorrow but he got a different kind.

      Big difference struggling on the run & racing! I think you’ll know when you’re ready, though.


  4. Yay for getting your first dose of vaccine. Hopefully your reaction to the second dose won’t be any worse. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the story. 😉

    Our daffodils are in full bloom and so are our flower dogwood at Friday’s warm sunshine.

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  5. Great news on the vaccine! Sorry you were so tired afterwards…its weird how the reactions are so varied. Minnesota opened up for everyone 16+ so I have my first appointment on Wednesday. Can’t wait!

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  6. I’ve been chased by geese–when the gander gets his tongue wagging and he starts hissing, I pick up the pace! So sorry that you’re having a reaction to the vaccine, although it does mean you’re mounting an immune response. So there’s that. I have to echo what Jessie said–it’s crazy how everyone reacts differently. My husband just got his and he didn’t feel different at all. Neither did my son!

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    1. I was just sitting on a bench so I was totally trapped by that goose! I did get some nice close ups of them though, LOL!

      I got Moderna, my husband gets his second Pfizer tomorrow. He was very tired after his first for maybe 24 hrs.

      I’ve also read Moderna is more likely to cause a reaction but still it’s just individual. My reaction to the tetanus booster last fall was actually a lot worse, my problem was really driving home the next day. I could barely keep my eyes open, so glad I got home ok.


  7. Geese are freaky! I have heard of so many people getting chased. Sorry you had the vax hangover. I’m not yet scheduled, but the hubs got his 1st dose Friday (with no after-effects). The flu shot (October) and both Shingles shots wiped me out, so I’m dreading my experience…

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  8. That’s so great you and Mr J got the vaccine. It’s such a wild west here with people heading over the border to get it or driving 5 hours downstate, I’m not sure when we’ll be able to actually find an appointment. A friend of mine got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson one and was very sick for 48 hours. The bulbs here are nowhere near flowering yet. Cannot wait!

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    1. I haven’t heard of people going over the border. We’re actually not that far from it — but it’s still a drive. I haven’t seen J&J here anywhere. I went from not being eligible to getting it literally in 48 hours. It was cray cray!


  9. Love all of your pictures. If my mom were there, she would probably be fishing. It’s one of the things she and dad did every summer. It’s going to be a lot different this year. I’m hoping my nephew will take her a couple of times, if she wants to go.

    You did great with your running and hikes this week. Love the waterfalls.

    Glad you were able to get the vaccine. Mom and I had our first one, Maderna, a couple of weeks ago. We just had sore arms. I’ve read that if you have had CoVID, which we did, that the first shot is the one that is more likely to react. Since it didn’t, I have my fingers crossed that the 2nd one will be a piece of cake too.

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    1. Interesting about your mom fishing!

      I have heard that about the vaccines, too, & I know some people who had it & had worse reactions. Mine wasn’t that bad (and I haven’t had COVID), but it was also more than a sore arm. The second is a bit scary now but only time will tell!

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  10. The geese at my local park are so darn mean! I do everything in my power to stay away from them. I’ve never been chased by them but I’ve seen them chase other people.

    So happy that you were able to get your first vaccine shot!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I’ve never been chased, and never really found geese to be mean. But I will admit he was a bit scary! It truly didn’t feel safe to get up & leave while he was all up in my face!

      Not quite sure what he wanted so badly at the bench. I really love sitting there stretching after my runs but all the goose poop now from just 2 geese — which also seems weird. You don’t usually see so few.


  11. When my son was a toddler a goose ran up to him and bit him! He was so freaked out- it was a bizarre experience.
    i’m getting the first Moderna shot on Tuesday! i purposely scheduled it that day because I don’t work on Wednesdays… just in case. Everyone says the second shot is the hard one though.

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    1. Your poor son!

      Good luck tomorrow. To be clear, I didn’t have a terrible reaction, but it took me til today to feel normal. We’re all so different! But now I actually know when the next appointment is so can hopefully arrange things better. Unless I get jury duty. 😔


  12. loving the spring flowers here for sure. The park is a little sea of yellow daffodils in many places!

    i am so afraid of the geese here – they are super aggressive! I think it’s because too many people have tried to get near their babies they just aren’t having it from anyone. Which of course, I don’t blame them – we humans need to let the animals be! We can enjoy them from afar but should not try to posses them!

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  13. Yay for spring and visiting your mom! As you know, I’m visiting mine this week as well. Mom’s jonquils and hyacinths (she has many different varieties) are exploding and her two willow trees are completely green! After a weekend of horrible storms and torrential rain, today is sunny and glorious!

    Geese flat out scare me! I just don’t trust them. Sometimes they ignore me as I run by, and sometimes they “pretend” chase me. I’ve never been bitten by one and I don’t want to experience it. I’m glad you were able to get away unscathed.

    I have a race in mid-April and I’m really looking forward to it!

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  14. I don’t mind geese but a lot of my friends do so I spend a lot of time walking or running between them and geese! And well done on getting your vaccination. We were done on Saturday after being called up for them in the week – kept thinking it wouldn’t happen as GPs were told to cancel 45-49 year olds but it got done. Both felt rough for the day after and I was super tired this morning but doing OK now, am going to risk a run tomorrow. Of COURSE I ran three days in a row to fit my running for the week and month in before the vaccination, right?!

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    1. I didn’t know when mine would happen, but I was able to run that morning. I was tired until today, really. Now NY is going to drop the age again, soon.

      I don’t usually mind geese either, although I try to give them their space, but this was a bit much!


  15. Geese are jerks! My friend’s husband got attacked to the point that he fell and broke his leg trying to get away! Boo!

    I’m so glad you got your first dose. K and I got ours today. So far, we are both feeling fine, although we are both a little tired. I’m going to bed early and keep my fingers crossed.

    Love to you and your mom on a difficult day.

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    1. Wow on your friend’s husband breaking his leg due to geese.

      Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow! It took me a few days. Still wasn’t that bad, just the timing wasn’t great but glad to get that done still.


  16. I love long runs where you find something unexpected! Those waterfall pics are beautiful.
    i got my fist shot on Tuesday and really haven’t felt great this week. I was wondering if it was the vaccine and now that I’m reading other people’s experiences, I think it was. That’s okay- it’s worth it!

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  17. I’m waterfall obsessed. I’m trying to see all the local ones. I actually think they are more exquisite when they are frozen. Now the trails are so muddy. No complaints. I enjoy having so many trails within a drive.

    Next weekend looks rainy. Hope the forecast changes.

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      1. I don’t know if there are waterfalls on LI. But other than Niagara Falls I didn’t get to many upstate. Thanks to DST now I can go to them after work in addition to Sunday. But now there’s so much mud. Not sure if that’s less slippery than ice.

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      2. Letchworth is AMAZING. I’ve been wanting to get there ever since we moved back here. Not sure Bandit or the husband could do it though. We’ve talked about it a little. I didn’t get to Niagara til I went to college, but went a few times while I was there. And we went to Bash Bish Falls when I was a kid. And Watkins Glen, apparently, although I don’t remember that from childhood, I must’ve been young.

        There are some pretty falls on a creek in Poughkeepsie & we used to live quite close to them, so have driven past them a gazillion times.


    1. Looks like you lost last week’s WRD and copied this week’s over it so it retained the comments – WP is sometimes weird. You can look at your revisions and post it back if it matters.

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  18. We definitely had the return of winter temps (and wind), but the snow kept its distance. My magnolia tree has all the buds on the verge of opening…which means there’s probably another snow/ice thing in the works LOL That poor tree seldom ever makes it out of Spring unscathed. I love all those waterfall pics!

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  19. WordPress is doing something weird here! Your post is clearly dated April 4th, but I see my comment from last week’s post up above…

    We definitely had crazy weather all over the place last week. We drove through snow flurries many times on our drive home from the farm on Thursday and Mom said that it snowed much of the day down there. This week is supposed to be much nicer!

    The waterfalls is beautiful. How nice to have it somewhat close by. This winter we discovered a park that we’ve driven past for years; however, I thought that it was nothing more than what we saw next to the road. I didn’t realize how nice the trails are leading back to the Potomac River.

    Have a great week, Judy!

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    1. WP has been showing me some weird things at times. 😔

      How wonderful to discover a new to you park with nice trails! The one I found the waterfalls at we’d gone to when we first moved here but I think we used a weird entrance because we didn’t like it so never went back. Until I did. Lots of birds & waterfowl there.

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  20. loving the photos Judy! quite the scenery there! kind of whacky about the snow though (but we had a dusting just this morning in some parts of the country – come ON, mother nature!!).

    glad you both were able to get the shot – the side effects seem to hit some more than others!

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  21. Our week was very wintery, however, knock wood, we did not see any white stuff. We’re so not out of the woods yet on that front. Beautiful scenery Judy! I am finding that women seem to have more effects from the vaccine than men. Oh well, better than not getting one still.

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    1. Side effects seem rather random. It varies to shot. Yes, women & younger people seem to get it worse. If you’ve had COVID you usually get a reaction to the first shot. Definitely better to get it though.


  22. Very pretty waterfalls! We just have a dam in our area, no waterfalls. There was snow in our area on April 1st too. And of course it was an outdoor track night for my group! I heard it did not stay on the ground long though, so all was well. This week the temps are forecasted to hit 80. Wow!


  23. I don’t think we can grow things from bulbs here. I love the flowers, though.

    Those waterfalls are gorgeous. And yes, the geese are jerks.

    I have to start writing my posts as they happen. I wait til Saturday morning and by that time, I really have to think about how my week went.

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    1. Sometimes I write my post as it happens, but life gets in the way — I’m sure you can relate! — and I can’t remember what I did on which day! Not really too important in the scheme of things.

      I’m trying to remember if we had any bulbs in TX. Part of me says we did, but I’m not sure. OTOH, I remember we planted several 4” Rosemary plants that were almost trees by the time we left 13 years later! Rosemary can’t survive the winter outside up here.


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