Three weeks into marathon training and the Fall Distance Group through Fleet Feet Buffalo – and all is well.
Due to the inevitable navigational errors that seem to have become a weekly staple, this past Saturday was an 11.11 mile jaunt through residential downtown Buffalo. Despite the extra distance, I felt mostly strong throughout – and finished with a flourish. I’m forever grateful to the new pals I’ve made at the group who dutifully pace and push me, helping me get faster and stronger every week. Running with people is one of the best choices I’ve made in a good, long while! Not only is it more fun, it’s clearly beneficial.
Yesterday, late afternoon, Duggs and I had an errand to run in town. And then I literally ran home, made the house a water stop and grabbed the dogs, and finished my five mile active recovery jog out in the grapes. After using KT Tape for the first time this weekend, last night’s run was the first in a while in which my shin did NOT hurt. Amazing, huh? I have an idea to post about some of the running gear I’ve stumbled across lately. Some favorites have clearly emerged (KT tape being a big one) – but as time goes on, I’ll know more about the other stuff I’m giving a whirl while I run.
Last week I mentioned about the lack of Hawaii as a potential discouragement from reading – and some of y’all kindly requested more Western New York pics. Pretty and outdoors is still pretty and outdoors; I personally see the beautiful merits of each location, clearly for varying reasons – but both pretty none the less!
Saturday’s run in downtown Buffalo… here are some photos I went ’round and collected post-run. I didn’t want to photograph the entire area, I have to leave some aspects for the weeks to come!
but the canisius school is gorgeous, really
just down from the school, we run along this pretty pristine tree-lined road
behind these trees, and nestled closely with homes and small non-profits (a nursing home is across the street) – is a gorgeous orthodox church. greek, i believe.
the front view
taking in a fuller view for better context.
The sky was so blue on Saturday. Colder weather and rain was promised to us – but instead, once again, we were treated to a cloudless sunny day. It was mildly cooler in the morning, but as soon as the sun hitched herself high enough to be seen in full, it was nothing but heat that came our way. Want more deets? Check out this run map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/116526237
From the Farmer’s Market I’ve mentioned. In a small park amidst opulent older homes – the market feels more like a picnic, the atmosphere is happy and relaxed. I love just wandering around, people watching. It’s the Elmwood-Bidwell Market, btw, if anyone wants to look it up. I just adore the whole neighborhood it’s in!
the street along the farmer’s market – this one house is always selling furniture and stuffs out front
same side of the street, facing the opposite direction from the yard sale house
After I left the Farmer’s Market, it was time to drive home. But fear not – I disregarded safety (and probably the law) and still managed to snap a few pics from the whip. They’re poorly focused, but at least you get a feel for the area from them:
so many roundabouts (or rotaries for my bostonians)
i think that there is canada!
From last night, running through our small rural town that’s about an hour south of Buffalo. I love it here too. Yesterday’s run was just one of those feel good workouts, the sky was blue and the air was thick and hot – but I had a grand ole time!
quaint and oh so charming, yes?
all roads lead to home. specifically this one is pretty direct.
my lens was blurry, but it kinda lends to the whimsical nature of where i really live
running past sullivan’s charbroil is hard – oh the smell, so enticing.
and of course, the backyard and the grapes
the pooches need a workout too, of course
i look downright crazy in this one. i like it!
oh hay, i’m getting some sun out on my run
love the cancer survivor running tee!
Ahh. So if you follow me on Instagram (as you should – @RadRosie) or Fb, or Twitter (see the side bar for those) – you know about the tee from last night’s run. As I was sweating to the electropop (and some oldies) I was, as I said above, just having fun with it. I kinda dance along sometimes, I usually smile – so when people kept honking and waving, I thought that seeing a be-neoned gal in a crazy get up bopping along was a novelty of some sort for such a one-horse town. Only way after the fact did I register that I was rocking my SURVIVOR tee! Oopsies – duh, of course that’s what people were pumped about.
So that was pretty fun, actually. I love strangers that will a shout out and some encouragement over something like that – so rad!
Well, that’s all I have for today. If you think you could stomach it, I’m so tempted to post the photo diary of my “evolution of a blister.” I have a nasty, slightly infected, triple blister on my right foot. It’s heinous and admittedly, painful. I’m dying to gross everyone out with it. Thoughts?
Hope you’re all having lovely weeks; to my runner pals: enjoy the warm weather while we still have it, and holler at me about how your runs and training are going. I’d love to have more running pen pals and blogs to follow to chat about training, tips, injury prevention and the like!!
As always – THANKS FOR READING!