Facebook memories were hard to look at last weekend and throughout the week. Staying home is the best way to control COVID 19 spread, but I miss travel. I even miss traveling around the city and exploring new neighborhoods. NYC enters Phase 1 on June 8, but things are going to continue to be different for a very long time.
There’s a lot of awful in the world right now, and we all know it. It’s on the news, in our social media feeds and everywhere else, including directly in many’s day to day lives. I’m opting not to get into it here. Stay safe and healthy everyone. Take care of each other.
For me personally, this week was better than a number of prior ones. The above is a huge part of that because I was finally able to see Mom & Bob in person. I’m so grateful for FT, Zoom, etc. but none of them replace in person visits. After a failed attempt at finding a halfway meeting spot, they drove in and we had a lovely picnic dinner in the park. It was more than a little weird to be handling a photo book they made while wearing gloves, but these are some of the steps we need to take to stay healthy, so be it.
I also got to be silly. Silly has been in short supply the last few months. But when Darlene mentioned that Kim & Deb won entries to the virtual race that Elizabeth and I were also doing, I thought what a great chance to just be silly. Thanks to similar weather in Virginia, NYC, Albany and Iowa and Deb’s husband’s amazing photo editing skills, we got to high five each other and be silly runners.
As I’ve said many times, running has brought some of the best people into my life. I look forward to the day Darlene, Elizabeth and I can run together again and meeting Deb and Kim in the future.
During a couple of morning walks I discovered @HeartsNY‘s handiwork on the Upper East Side. Such bright spots in this dark world. I feel a scavenger hunt coming on to find more of these. These, rainbows, rock art. I really love how many people are trying to find some light.
Running? Running was good. On Saturday I implemented my plan to walk to and from Central Park with the run sandwiched in the middle (OK, run/walk) and no pain. Tight hip but no actual pain. Bodies are so weird, but I’ll take this progress. I ran almost double April’s miles and believe I’m finally maybe turning the corner on this stupid IT Band.
I actually found out that my PT clinic is re-opening. As much as I’ve missed formal PT, I’m not sure I’m going back just yet. Want to give them time to get into a routine with all the new PPE and sanitizing. That said, I think medical facilities are among the best places to be given the hygiene standards they implemented after the AIDS crisis. By healthcare I of course mean well visits, not places with other sick patients. Spear is hosting two virtual running events, which I will try to join, as they’re specifically about hips and glutes.
- never miss a Monday: it was gorgeous out and Elizabeth and I decided to enjoy it in the park. I was pleasantly surprised with how well people followed the guidelines and is a big part of the reason why Central Park is still open. It was nice to hear some of the Taps performances that were happening around the city for this not to be happy memorial day (which drives me nuts!) and purely a summer kickoff. The rock hopping makes me laugh — my hands are always cold and I have been told to sit on a rock in the sun. It was a little warm in the sun, so I was team shade.
- two a day Tuesday: so that stop and start? Yeah, it’s the issue. I had a doctor’s appointment just a few blocks away and decided to run to it. A taste of summer happened here and it was a wonderfully muggy morning run. Coming home, I went to the 7 Eleven near my apartment as it was the longest run – they had neither iced nor creamer, so back to the far (it’s two avenue blocks) one. All in all a little more than two miles over two runs to get the work week off to a good start.
- Wednesday: coffee walk before work, and park picnic with Mom & Bob after. Way better than steps or a run.
- Thursday: wanted to run in the morning since it was supposed to rain later, but wanted my pillow more. Luckily the rain held off and I was able to get out after work for a run. I remembered just how much I love Cascade. No chafing, sits well (even when accidentally tucked under my belt!) and is just so comfortable. While I didn’t have as long a history with Skirt to be as sad as others that it is closing, I’m longing for for the Cascades that were planned for next spring that we’ll now never get.
- Friday: walk before work, but could not get myself back out the door after. I think I just needed a mental off day. I finished Dean Karnazes’ Run to Sparta, which I didn’t have time to read during the week.
- Saturday: weird, in a wonderful way. In some ways it almost felt normal vs having COVID permeate every thought. We’re far from back to normal, but a taste of normalcy was necessary. Yes, we ran in masks and socially distanced, but Elizabeth and I met for a run and had fun with silly photos for the virtual Freihofer 5K while running through some of our favorite parts of the park. Afterwards, we sat on Monday’s rock and just people watched. That part of Central Park is always relatively chill, and especially so early on a Saturday morning. I most definitely took note of the interactions between dog walkers and others given the events of this week. Later in the afternoon I literally just laid on a bench in Carl Schurz Park and read. The Upper East Side is empty and while everyone has their personal levels of comfort, this felt fine to me. I’d definitely have moved if others were trying to find a spot, but there were more than enough to go around. Memorial Day – Labor Day is when I’m allowed to read books with no redeeming qualities. The Hunt for Jack Reacher it was. This was also, I’m pretty sure, my first 20K step day in quarantime. Baby steps.
- Sunday: going for a walk as soon as I finish my coffee. I’ve been saying that since 6:30. It’s now 9, but too beautiful to be inside.