Tuesday, December 06, 2016

BUNNIES & DEER IN THE DARK
17.9 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Weekly Activity Summary
11/27/2016 - 12/3/2016

running (3) - 24.3 mi
riding (1) - 18.0 mi
walking/hiking (4) - 7.4 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY - 

JMH

Saturday, December 03, 2016

WIND & WATERFOWL
3.5 Mile Walk at Rockland Lake State Park
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Originally I had planned to head over to Kittatinny Valley State Park to ride the Sussex Branch rail trail after finishing this morning's half marathon... except I hadn't counted on how cold the wind would make the weather today, and how much the half marathon would trash my legs (I don't remember the Philips 10k that I ran in the same park being nearly as difficult as today's 10k loops were...) And I really want to ride at Minnewaska tomorrow. So instead I headed back to NY, and since the sun was shining pretty consistently, made a side trip to Rockland Lake State Park.

Lots of geese on the water and also on the grass. The bathrooms in the main building are closed for the winter, so I walked over to the boat launch to use the one there. Along the way I saw several bufflehead, and once there I spotted a group of grebes. The wind wasn't too bad along that side of the lake, so I decided to walk all the way around, which felt fine until I was about a mile from the end - at that point my feet started hurting again and my legs reminded me that I had run and trudged through 13-14 miles of tough trails this morning.

Lots of different ducks along the way... shovelers, coots, and some that I have yet to identify, as well as the usual swans and mallards. Toward the end there was also a lot of activity in the trees along the path - I spotted titmice, nuthatches, and a red-bellied woodpecker.

This is probably the last time I'll be at Rockland Lake for a while... hopefully the Hook Mountain Half will scheduled for a Sunday that I have available next April.

JMH
ROCKS, ROOTS, & HILLS
Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #51
NJ Fall&Winter Series#2 Trail Half Marathon
Saturday, December 3, 2016


2016 Event Totals
Run 367.7 mi, 89 hr 25 min
Bike 119.2 mi, 9 hr 1 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, December 02, 2016

AROUND & AROUND HE GOES...
4.1 Mile Run at Buckingham Pond
Friday, December 2, 2016

Not much of a run but I do have a half marathon to run tomorrow morning, so tonight was mostly just to shake the rust loose. Didn't want to spend a lot of time travelling so I just popped over to Buckingham Pond to run a few laps... it was interesting to see the ducks descending on the pond as the sun set. When I got there a little while before sundown, there were a dozen or so ducks around... but once dusk hit the were flying in from every direction to spend the night on the pond.

Not a lot of people around which is always pleasant... I managed 5 loops (with two including the trail through the woods next to the catch basin) for just slightly over 4 miles. After that it was time to get home and get ready for the trip down to New Jersey...

JMH 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A WARM FOGGY NOVEMBER EVENING
7.1 Mile Run Through the Pine Hills Neighborhood & Around Buckingham Pond
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

18 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

1.2 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Weekly Activity Summary
11/20/2016 - 11/26/2016

running (2) - 11.1 mi
riding (1) - 10.6 mi
walking/hiking (8) - 9.1 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY - 

JMH

Saturday, November 26, 2016

COLD & RAINY... BLEAH!
Mendon Ponds Park - Visiting Wild Wings, Spotting Deer, Feeding Hungry Birds, and Watching the Geese & A Woodpecker
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

A BETTER BLACK FRIDAY...
0.7 Mile Walk at Hamlin Beach State Park
1.2 Mile Walk on the Genesee Riverway Trail
0.6 Mile Walk at Seneca Park
Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3.1 Mile Run in the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Well, it's just as well I didn't get here earlier today... the crew that's "rebuilding" the towpath was hard at work along one of the trails I'd planned to run. While I like the idea of resurfacing the towpath in theory, it seems like what they're actually doing is building a crushed stone road that you could drive a car down, with the removal of lots of the vegetation alongside the towpath as part of the process. In the end I think there will be a better surface for riding  a bike... but when it comes to walking and running, the path will have definitely lost something.

JMH
COLD WIND...
10.6 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A sunny day with temperatures in the low 30's isn't so bad for riding, if you're dressed right... unfortunately today there was also a 10-15 mph wind blowing, which not only made half the ride that much more difficult (riding into the wind) but also introduced a rather unpleasant wind chill. After half a dozen miles I had warmed up fairly well but my motivation to ride more than 10 miles or so basically gone. A shame really, since opportunities to ride during the day will be few and far between for the next few months.

JMH

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A POND OVERFLOWING WITH BOTH WATER & DUCKS
0.9 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Sunday, November 20, 2016
SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS...
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ordinarily I'd visit Trustom Pond NWR after running the Lil Rhody, but today I decided to get on the road back to Albany immediately, because the weather forecast called for snow at higher elevations and I didn't want to be driving over the Berkshires and Taconics in a snowstorm in the dark. Turned out to be a good decision... there was almost no precipitation all the way to the MA Turnpike, and then as soon as I started the climb out of West Springfield - the snow kicked in, making for a mildly nerve-wracking 40 miles or so. The precipitation let up not long after I crossed the border into NY, but clearly snow had fallen there too - just not as much as in the mountains. I briefly wondered if I should unpack my snowshoes from storage... but once I crossed the Hudson into Albany, all traces of snow vanished. So my guess is I won't be getting any pre-season snowshoe practice in this week...

JMH
Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #50
Lil Rhody Runaround 8mi Race
Sunday, November 20, 2016


2016 Event Totals
Run 354.6 mi, 85 hr 52 min
Bike 119.2 mi, 9 hr 1 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
11/13/2016 - 11/19/2016

running (5) - 24.1 mi
riding (3) - 33.7 mi
walking/hiking (2) - 4.2 mi


outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY - 

JMH

Saturday, November 19, 2016

11.1 Mile Ride Through the Corning Preserve
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Apparently all roads lead to the Corning Preserve today. I had originally planned to leave Albany between 12:30 and 1 PM and stop at the Northampton trailhead for the Norrowottuck rail trail to ride for a while... but then I ran harder than I had planned this morning, which meant I was unlikely to ride more than half the length of the trail - and it just didn't seem worth lugging my bike all over the place this weekend just to ride 10 miles.

The Corning Preserve, on the other hand, has the advantages of being close by and relatively easy riding (though all of the root-and-frost-heaves are annoying.) It was a bit crowded today because of the unseasonably warm weather (I was riding in shorts and shirt sleeves rather than tights and a jacket.) I had a slight tailwind on the way out, which was very nice... but even riding into the breeze on the way back wasn't too bad.

It remains to be seen what kind of shape my legs will be in for tomorrow's 8 miler at Burlingame... but then the Lil Rhody is a fun trail race even if I end up plodding along like the turtle I am.

JMH

A SEA OF GIRLS IN GOLD...
Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #49
Girls on the Run 5k Road Race
Saturday, November 19, 2016

This fall a couple of the staff at the girls' school set up a lower school chapter of Girls on the Run, an international program which seeks to " inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. " I considered volunteering to be a running buddy but decided not to for several reasons - my lack of leg speed, the time commitment, and in particular the commitment to run a 5k race with one of the girls on mid-November. Then a few weeks back the school community at large was invited to come to the 5k to cheer on the girls who'd be running or run the race in support of them - and since I didn't have anything on the calendar, this would be literally minutes from home (the Corning Riverfront Preserve), and it would be an opportunity to help with a school program, I signed up for the run and did my best to encourage other faculty to sign up to either run or walk the 5k.

The pre-race ritual was an interesting one... after a bunch of talking (which I couldn't really hear) they led the crowd through a "warm up" which looked to me like a toned down Zumba routine. (I think I'll stick with my standard warmup of either going for a short walk, going for a short run (very rarely, and really only for very short races), or just waiting for the race to start.) And then finally the crowd mobbed the starting line and counted down to the start.

It took a few minutes for the crowd to spread out enough for me to run at a comfortable pace... which, surprisingly, was faster than a lot of the crowd (I finished 85th out of about 300 timed runners and walkers.) Then again, a lot of the "running buddies" might have been going significantly faster if they hadn't been running with a 3rd-5th grader who was running her first 5k, so I won't let it go to my head. In the end, I had a good day and ran faster than I'd intended (just under 11 minute miles... easily the fastest 5k I've done in quite some time.) All of our girls completed their first 5k and seemed pretty happy and excited at the end. And I was happy because (1) I ran sub-11 minute miles and my knees didn't explode - perhaps the warmup run I did before the race helped - and (2) this would seem to be evidence that I have gotten stronger through the longer distances I've been doing... while my times for those longer runs aren't necessarily dropping very much, I had energy to burn during today's much shorter race - and that's after the past three nights of running and riding after work.

And based on what I saw today, maybe I'll sign up to help out as a running buddy next time around, since it seems like there are girls in the program I'd be able to keep up with.

JMH

2016 Event Totals
Run 346.6 mi, 84 hr 7 min
Bike 119.2 mi, 9 hr 1 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, PA, RI, VT
SHOULD'VE BROUGHT THE CAMERA...
2.2 Mile Run Through the Corning Preserve
Saturday, November 19, 2016

... because the river was shrouded in fog when I got to the boat launch and I could have taken some cool pictures. Oh, well.

Easy two miles and a bit to wake my legs up for the 5k to follow shortly...

JMH