from Fred Lebow to Penguins and Football

oh my!

I runfess that I have not figured out how to blog from my phone, so this is a two-week Wrap since I spent the interim weekend driving with mom down to Florida. I had the best laid plans of crashing a post quickly on Monday, but I got home late and yeah, not going to happen

I don’t have email on my phone, so trying hard to play catch up on what I missed in Runfessions, Tuesday Topics, Coffee Date and Weekly Wrap. But disconnecting can be wonderful. I didn’t post too much while we drove, but it was great to finally see Richmond even though the museum we wanted to visit was closed.

Not having email on my personal phone was a decision I made when I got the new phone in March and I don’t regret it at all. Really what personal email isn’t spam these days? Does anyone still use email as a primary means of communication outside of work? That’s crazy to think of, but we’ve swung back from give me your number to give me your email to give me your number to text. I just finished Isabel Gillies’ A Year and Six Seconds (loved it!) and one point she made when a friend offered to set her up on a date post-divorce was that there was no email when she dated her first husband. Crazy!

Back on topic…

NYRR Five Boroughs Patch

I had no idea there was a Five Boroughs series patch. So cool. Used to love collecting these when I was backpacking. Want to think of somewhere more exciting to put this than my corkboard. It’s tempting me to do 4/6 again, but I really don’t think it’s on tap for this year since I’m out of town for Brooklyn and not sure I want to do Queens again. We’ll see.

I actually eased way off on running after the Half as I said I would to try and get Achilles/calf resolved. I really don’t want it to linger. Luckily this seems to be helping although I was worried about my back to back races which I scheduled before this flared. All the cross training this last month reminded me that I miss rowing, and do like the Lateral, which were both pleasant surprises.

what was that old Doublemint ad? Double the fun? Weekly wrap with Wendy and Holly Amy:

Week of January 21

  • Monday: stairs were OK and Achilles wasn’t terrible, although swollen, so I went to the gym for a good stretch,roll and short cross train. Never miss a Monday is hard post-Half! Epsom salt bath when home.
  • Tuesday: feeling better. 5K row, long stretch, roll, epsom salt bath and ice.
  • Wednesday: off. Late night at the office and legs needed a day off.
  • Thursday: no office run group due to schedules and I wanted a short test of my leg so I did the lower loop of Central Park. Slightly annoying, but not so I’d call it pain. Iced well after.
  • Friday: leg one of the aforementioned drive to Florida. Overnight in Florence, SC and we didn’t get in until nearly 11PM so although I scoped out the fitness center, I did not do anything but fall into bed.
  • Saturday: leg two. Hotel treadmill was weird so after a half mile, I switched to the elliptical for 20m before the drive from Florence to Delray. I would be AOK never seeing I-95 again.
  • Sunday: I wanted to run to the beach. Mother Nature brought the beach to land with heavy rains so managed just a short run between thunder storms

Week of January 28

  • Monday: ran to the beach and back. Just a shakeout and longest test of my leg. It definitely stiffened up on the flight home, and iced it well that evening. This never miss a Monday was beautiful!
  • Tuesday: was feeling three days in a row on the achilles so went for long stretch and roll and some kettlebell work.
  • Wednesday: ankle was feeling good, and we closed early for the snow squalls/Polar Vortex so I made time for a 5K LateralX. That is hard. And long. It’s almost 20m longer than a 5K run. As I said, the last thing I wanted to do was ice my ankle when I got home, but knew it was the smart thing. I’d also argue I was continually icing it by walking around in this weather.
  • Thursday: ankle felt pretty good after the long LateralX. I wanted an off day Friday ahead of two days running so I biked 45m. Also, I wanted to finish a book. #Priorities
  • Friday: off, sneaker shopping. While I’m pretty confident the issue was my prior pair of Vongo 2s running out of miles early, I still needed an actual solution as New Balance no longer makes the Vongo 2s and the 3s are just too wide. I went to JackRabbit and let them play. We had some trial and error, and amusingly I came home with the 860s which I’m pretty sure ETA: (YEP!) are the ones the clerk had me try too when I first landed on the Vongo 2s. Apparently the new model of these retained the good of the V2. Going to try them next week when I hopefully get back to some treadmill runs.

which hemisphere is this race in?

  • Saturday: Frozen Penguin 10K. My beloved first race moved to February and offered a 10K this year.ย  It was frozen, as was my phone so no photos of the iced path and icebergs in the Hudson. I treated it as a fun run to see how my ankle was two weeks post Half, and I had a blast. I’ll recap this Tuesday.ย  My only goal was not finishing last, and I didn’t. Small races are nice, but harder to get lost in a huge pack.

all smiles (and no hat!) after 4M

  • Sunday: speaking of a huge pack, 5,107 of my closest personal friends and I ran Central Park this morning. What a gorgeous day. Finishing without achilles crying was the goal. Done, and I even ran Cat HIll. More on Tuesday.

Plan for the Week:

  • Monday: I might miss this one. Depends, I have 8p theater tix so might get to gym before for a stretch.
  • Tuesday: run or cross
  • Wednesday: cross or short run
  • Thursday: office run group
  • Friday: off or cross
  • Saturday/Sunday: running one of the two, not sure which yet.

GoTheDist January:

  • 423,595 steps
  • 189.47 miles run/walked
  • 51.09 miles run

Behind, but smartly letting ankle heal vs. pushing. I’m OK with this

Gym visits: 14 in January (so much stretching, cross training), 52 for September-February cycle. Wow, I don’t miss having to sweat out 50. Time to file for reimbursement.

35 comments to this article

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy

    on February 3, 2019 at 16:00 - Reply

    There were definitely no cell phones when I was dating my then boyfriend/now husband of 33 years. Eventually there was a flip . . . it took a long time to get a smart phone. No real need. I do have one of my email accounts on my phone, but don’t check it a lot. OTOH, I actually do catch up with stuff on vacations cause Mr. Judy doesn’t wake up as early as I do.

    The achilles is sounding very annoying. It needs to get with the program! But I think you’re doing a good job listening to it.

    I am unfortunately SOL with my favorite racing shoes and on the hunt for a new brand. Probably time to revisit Brooks more minimalist shoes, which is what I prefer for speed work & racing — but not for easy runs. It’s such an individual decision.

    • cari

      on February 3, 2019 at 23:36 - Reply

      If I took my laptop with me on vacation, I might. I don’t have a tablet currently but can’t imagine I’d enjoy trying to blog from those. I’ll check email from my computer but that’s pretty much why I give folks my cell. Emailing when we met up would not have worked.

      I agree — can you have a word with my Achilles please?
      Good luck with the shoes. I am hopeful on these but won’t try them tomorrow as I’m taking it off

        • cari

          on February 7, 2019 at 18:27 - Reply

          Will let you know tomorrow. I ended up cross training both Monday and Tuesday and had an unplanned off day yesterday due to late work hours. Headed to the gym now

        • cari

          on February 8, 2019 at 23:05 - Reply

          Initial verdict on short treadmill run, good. I want to go longer but don’t want to take them outside yet in case they need to go back

          • Chocolaterunsjudy

            on February 9, 2019 at 06:38 - Reply

            I always say I need to run at least 6 miles before I know. Our local fleet feet is good at taking them back although the only time I did that were my trail shoes when the sole came partially off. In the race. They were definitely used but they let me exchange them.

            • cari

              on February 9, 2019 at 13:04 - Reply

              Same. I’d get store credit or an exchange
              Yikes mid race!

              • Chocolaterunsjudy

                on February 9, 2019 at 14:08 - Reply

                It was thankfully like the last mile or two. Still definitely not fun!

  2. Liz Dexter

    on February 3, 2019 at 17:21 - Reply

    I have my work and home email on my phone – I get alerts on the home one and also use it for officiating stuff. I haven’t used any of my new trainers yet!

    • cari

      on February 3, 2019 at 19:22 - Reply

      I have work email on my work phone, could log in via webmail on personal.
      COuld technically log in to gmail on both, but only really do if I need a coupon or something while out

  3. kookyrunner

    on February 3, 2019 at 17:26 - Reply

    I love that 5 boroughs patch – it looks a lot better than the one I got a few years ago!

    I’m obsessed with the frozen penguin shirt from your race!

    • cari

      on February 3, 2019 at 18:23 - Reply

      The patch was a lovely surprise. Had no idea they were a thing.

      Let me know if you’d like the shirt — I’m just donating it otherwise. I have enough “maybe I’ll wear a tank top one day” shirts to tide me over and beyond if that day ever comes. NYCRuns shirts are fun — Darlene has one or two good ones too and I think they’re the ones behind her ice cream races. Plus they had hot chocolate yesterday. If any coincide with a day you need to be in city, worth looking into

  4. Wendy

    on February 3, 2019 at 19:56 - Reply

    No email on your phone? Is that even a thing? My email provider does a pretty good job of filtering spam, altho since the start of the year, I’m getting more spam than I’ve ever gotten. So annoying.

    Glad you were able to escape to the south! I assume your Penguin race was at home but I couldn’t figure out when you came back! Congrats on running in the cold weather.

    • cari

      on February 3, 2019 at 20:44 - Reply

      Gmail is good with spam, but some of it is just clutter I call spam. Like 3x emails a day from Champion. I do love their tights, but not that much. And then the endless sales emails between thanksgiving and christmas with birthday offers thrown in there. I find it much easier to delete when I get to a computer. There’s nothing time sensitive that comes through my personal email. I’m weird, I know ๐Ÿ˜€

      I flew home Monday mid afternoon. Funnily enough re: penguin, I was wearing the tee from the first one, which says stay frozen, while running to the beach and one woman said “no. Stay warm!” I head back down south next week for a bit. Thanks JetBlue for making it so easy.

  5. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    on February 3, 2019 at 20:16 - Reply

    That penguin shirt is so cute! Kinda funny that it’s a tank top! I’m a huge fan of email. Gmail is so easy to search, I’d much rather have people send me an email than a text because I can refer to it again and find it. Due to my job, I have to have both my work and personal emails on my phone.

    • cari

      on February 3, 2019 at 22:17 - Reply

      I have work email on my work phone. Couldn’t get by without that, but then I do have the freedom to truly disconnect if I want to leave phone home one day.
      It’s so silly that it’s a tank in Feb, but it is cute

  6. Marcia

    on February 3, 2019 at 21:54 - Reply

    That’s a cool patch! I think the only running related patch I have is from the Marine Corps Marathon. And I never put it on anything. Florida sounds pretty wonderful about now!

    • cari

      on February 7, 2019 at 18:35 - Reply

      Seriously. Counting down the days until I fly back.

  7. Coco

    on February 3, 2019 at 22:19 - Reply

    I think my MIL stops in Florence on her drive up from Florida. Hotel gym treadmills can be a mixed bag. Glad the elliptical was an option. I use FB Messenger to communicate with friends when itโ€™s not important/urgent enough to text.

    • cari

      on February 7, 2019 at 18:37 - Reply

      Outside of the racing season, Florence seems to exist solely as a snowbird waystation. Funny how many people stop there or Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
      Agree re: treadmill. At least this one wasn’t manual like the one near my brother’s old apartment.
      And yes on FB messenger. I assume most people get alerts on tat so I’ll use it if I don’t have their number

  8. Deborah Brooks

    on February 3, 2019 at 23:47 - Reply

    That patch is pretty cool! I love a 10K too even if it is freezing everywhere. I do still use email for stuff and FB messenger for group chats. Have a great week!

    • cari

      on February 4, 2019 at 10:24 - Reply

      yeah it’s all FB messenger or text for me. The text part makes me laugh as I was one of the last of my friends to get a texting package.
      You too!

  9. runswithpugs

    on February 4, 2019 at 08:26 - Reply

    I confess I am so very jealous of your ability to just pop out and run Central Park. It’s one of my favorite places to run. I would have loved to see the icebergs in the Hudson! I’m sure it was really frozen to run in.

    Glad that you’re feeling a little bit better.

    That patch is awesome! I saw someone wearing a varsity/bomber hybrid jacket the other day with all kinds of patches on it and it looked really nice.

    • cari

      on February 7, 2019 at 18:55 - Reply

      I am spoiled rotten by Central Park. Even before I ran, it was my good weather commute.
      It took until the Bronx 10 Miler for me to realize extent to which it shaped my running. I don’t want to run down a road when I can run through a park
      ooh, yes. Those jackets were the best

  10. Darlene

    on February 4, 2019 at 10:50 - Reply

    I do most of blogging on my phone. (wordpress app) it’s portable. Once a week, I go on my laptop and fix the image sizes.

    Tell your achilles to SHUT UP.

    My arch thingie is weird. It doesn’t hurt when I run and several hours after it is sore but then it goes away the next day(mostly). It makes me nervous because I don’t know why. I should buy new shoes and see if that’s it. So expensive and I have so many already.

    A tank for the frozen penguin – how appropriate. We used to have a summer hot 10 mile race that gave a long sleeved shirt What?

    See you in March for a catch up.

    • cari

      on February 5, 2019 at 11:53 - Reply

      Yeah it seriously needs to stop. I’m hoping PT helps, especially breaking down the scar tissue. On the plus side, doc didn’t blink when I said I had two Halfs in the next two months. She also gave me a shoe suggestion or two and one was the ones I tried so hopeful there. Can you get into a PT or podiatrist between travels?
      Can’t wait to catch up.

      • Darlene

        on February 5, 2019 at 12:46 - Reply

        I ran yesterday and it felt fine. ????

  11. therightfits

    on February 4, 2019 at 21:56 - Reply

    I’ve only been married for 10 years, but when I chat with my single friends, dating is way different now. All the tinder, online, social media everything is so different!

    • cari

      on February 9, 2019 at 10:56 - Reply

      I’m not married, but I feel some of that with younger colleagues and/or those new to company (I’ve been there 11+). Just how they heard about the job, or how different college functions are. Undergrad was definitely of the era where I was rare in having my own computer, grad school we were on blackboard but laptops in class weren’t really a thing – smart phones weren’t common either. #Dinosaur

  12. Kimberly Hatting

    on February 4, 2019 at 23:18 - Reply

    I like that patch! I have gotten patches from most of my marathons (key word:most), and I think they’re a neat keepsake…just have not figured where to put them yet. I’m leery of a jacket, because I don’t want them getting trashed/worn/dirty. I’d thought of a drawstring bag of sorts…but same (don’t want that getting dirty either). SO, for now, they area all hanging out in a catch-all box with a few other keepsakes.

    • cari

      on February 9, 2019 at 10:58 - Reply

      ooh I love the idea of a bag. That might work for a zippered tote I use as my gym bag. I feel like this one is sturdy enough to survive the washing machine visits that bag gets.
      I think what I like the most about it was the surprise -had no idea about it, and it came ~5 months after my last race in the series

  13. Shathiso @thegaboronerunner.com

    on February 5, 2019 at 03:27 - Reply

    Good luck with the new sneakers! I am still hunting for new ones after the ones I bought were a total flop. I’m so glad you had a blast at the Frozen Penguin and sounds like your ankle/achilles is healing nicely. I’m with you, rather have it feel 100% then push it too hard and risk going back to Square 1.

    • cari

      on February 9, 2019 at 11:02 - Reply

      Which shoes didn’t work for you, I forget.
      Good luck! I’m cautiously optimistic for these and grateful for an upcoming flat Half
      PT will hopefully knock me into shape ahead of the next one

  14. Amy @ She Runs By Faith

    on February 5, 2019 at 13:50 - Reply

    There’s no shame in disconnecting for a while – you’re smart for not having email on your phone! I should do the same ๐Ÿ˜‰ That patch is super cool too. It would be fun if all races gave patches instead of race t-shirts, that would make for quite a fun race display! Hope the new sneakers treat you well and that your ankle/achilles continues to heal well!

    • cari

      on February 9, 2019 at 13:11 - Reply

      Yes! And they’d take up less space too

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