January 2021 felt like March 2020 in that it was never ending. Was I really in Florida earlier this month? Was the inauguration ten days or ten weeks ago? Oh time, you’re weird.
2021 is off to an excellent start, page wise. 12 books down in January and a better mix of fiction and non, which was something I was aiming for. Have you read any of these? Real Queer America was probably my favorite but I really laughed my way through I Hate Running. I am always excited about running and going for a run, it’s getting up and getting dressed and out the door that’s usually my issue.
That said, I said January had a good shot at being 100 miles if not for travel quarantine and I’m going to come in just shy depending on what I run Sunday. As of Saturday evening I have 93.62 miles. While I’m running back to back days to avoid Monday’s snow, I’m not running 6.5 on the heels of 8. ETA: 97.63 miles run. Average run time of 1:02:13. Very pleased with both.
While one of my 2021 goals is to walk more and get out daily, that didn’t happen this week and I’m OK with that. I’m coming in around 350K steps and while that’s way under normal times, I don’t have my commute or the meetings I used to go to. I just keep reminding myself that we’re nowhere near back to normal and there’s no point in self flogging. I’ll walk more when it’s warmer.
Speaking of warmer, I don’t believe the weather a week out but I’m stalking it for my first race. Yes, dipping my toe back in for one special reason: NYCRuns’ Frozen Penguin. It was my first race. I don’t foresee myself jumping back into races regularly as I’m not sure I’m ready and 5Ks as a whole don’t interest me, but couldn’t pass up this one. Depending on my wave time, I might even run to the start, which I’ve said I would for the last two years.
- never miss a Monday: and this was the best run of the week. Billy Joel Peloton run and the legs felt good and fast! It was also necessary as I was in back to back meetings from about 10-5. Days are so much better when they start out moving.
- Tuesday: I got out for coffee and was otherwise glued to my desk working on a big project. It’s an amazing project that I’m proud to be a part of, but chair/ass fusion is real.
- Wednesday: I was sore and stiff from two days at the desk and hadn’t slept well for unknown reasons, so the run was nothing special. Probably a literal shakeout. It was good to be out and moving. There was rumor of snow turned to ice over night, but nothing accumulated in the city.
- Thursday: with temps on the horizon not getting out of the teens and the wind chills in the single digits, back to back runs it was. As I said to some of you, given the choice of 90s or teens, give me teens all day long. The wind chill was 12F when I went out, but I was fine in two shirts and the windbreaker. I’m excited for my new Skirt tights as these are old and stretched out, and have no pockets! I probably would have been fine in capris, but once I went with the windbreaker I didn’t mind losing pants’ pockets. My colleague who I usually run with on Thursdays couldn’t make it, so I ran the river with a gorgeous moonrise. The Tuesday project I mentioned? Restaurant Week To Go, more than 570 restaurants at launch extended through February. It’s a fabulous way to support local restaurants and this amazing sushi meal is from the east side location of a restaurant I frequent at the office. That’s a ton of food for $20.21
- Friday: I didn’t leave the apartment. Wind chills in single digits and nope nope nope. Especially grateful to Peloton stretching and yoga classes as my legs were stiff after the prior night’s cold run.
- Saturday: I’m not throwing away my shot at a run on a “balmy” Saturday. Bet you can’t guess which Peloton run made up part of it? Between Time’s Convert being set partially during the American Revolution and loving Matty’s Hamilton run, I’m on a bit of a kick. Again. One of these days I’ll start with Hamilton to get the pick ups the music wants. Coco had told me about Becs Gentry’s NYC Marathon run and I decided to use that for my first CP long run since I went hunting Christmas trees. She’s amazing/insane pace wise, but it was fun to relive some of my own marathon moments. She had friends in the same spot I saw one of my coaches, so I totally got it. My pace was all over the place Saturday but I didn’t care, it was a beautifully cold day when the Park just sparkles.
- Sunday: running. Some distance.