Yes, this is inspired by #BraveLikeGabe, but before I get to the serious stuff…
Although it may seem that Liz and my’s favorite sport is running, we actually have a far more amusing and cerebral habit: Englishing. AKA trying to make heads or tails of the differences in our language. This goes back probably to when we first met on the BookCrossing forums in 2005. The latest chapter which came up on FB this weekend? The names of this game. Said I’d ask it here since there are folks from various US regions and several countries.
Speaking of Facebook, we seem to be on a blogger adding run – YAY! I don’t have a page or anything for the blog but always happy to add anyone from here. You get museum nonsense in addition to running silliness, but if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that.
These two posts by Gabe’s husband Justin broke my heart. And all of the #BraveLikeGabe stories, photos and tributes. No one should be losing his/her life at 32, but especially not after a ten year battle with cancer. Way too damn young. I feel like these amazing tributes, like #MilesForMollie are always after tragedy. Would love to see the amazing running community rally around positive things. One day.
Although I think the Run Down is mostly women, Happy Father’s Day to the fathers in your lives-and any of you who have done double duty as a single mother. My dad is gone almost 13 years, which is so hard to believe. We got another ten that we weren’t supposed to twice over – amazing chemo drugs that he was in a trial for and amazing doctors brought him back from Lymphoma and chemo related infections in 1989. Phenomenal doctors treated him after his heart attack in 1996 and he was cleared to go to the ALCS. Yes, mom called us off school for a religious observance for the parade when the Yankees won. It was ultimately a heart weakened by chemo drugs that caused another heart attack in 2006. He collapsed making a clothing donation. That is the most Michael Carleo way ever. If your father is here with you, hug him close.
- Monday: soggy off day. Lots of steps though as I met up with Darlene for a walk on the High Line and trip to the top of the Vessel. In testament to the sentiment that we never do what’s in our own back yard, it was her 3rd time on the Vessel and my first.
- Tuesday: it was the wettest of runs, it was the most gorgeous of runs. I got a late start in the morning and only managed 1.5 or so miles on a gray and humid morning. Wanting and needing more, I went back out after a work event and it was as gorgeous as the morning was ugly. Oh what a night!
- Wednesday: another beautiful day. No formal exercise, but also no MetroCard so lots of steps to and from the Philharmonic’s Central Park concert. Almost chilly by the end and I was glad to be wearing long sleeves.
- Thursday: planned off. Mom, Bob and I had tickets to Dinos After Dark, a members’ night at the Museum of Natural History. Some adults’ only time with my favorite fossils followed by a drive down the beach.
- Friday: cool, breezy morning in Belmar, NJ. 6.5 miles from Belmar to Asbury Park and back. I do not have nearly enough Springsteen on my iPod, but it was a gorgeous run along the water. Can’t beat beach running. My second 30K step day this week as mom and I later walked to dinner and went to play putt putt. Or mini putt. We found this the last time we were down, but never got to play
- Saturday: planned off day. Also finally beach weather. It was super windy and we couldn’t keep the umbrella up, which meant Cari turned crispy critter. I lasted about 90m at the beach before we went to explore Ocean Grove, a small town with a fascinating history. Also enjoyed some of its architecture on Friday’s run. Victorian seashore.
- Sunday: summer arrived at the Shore. Hot run south toward Manasquan although the boardwalk ran out at the south end of Spring Like and I really didn’t want to run inland. Didn’t get as long as I wanted, but was OK with that with Friday being longer than planned. PSA: it’s “easy to achieve” negative splits when you start out into a headwind. I had to catch a mid afternoon train so we had brunch and then played Scrabble in the shade of the porch as I declared it too hot (really, too sunny) for the beach.
All in all a good week even if running was weird. Plan for the week:
- Monday: off, triple booked
- Tuesday: run or cross
- Wednesday: possible run with training group, or cross
- Thursday: office run group depending on what happens Wednesday as it’s the same people
- Friday: off/cross.
- Saturday/Sunday: long run TBC