that title sounds so dramatic, which it isn’t meant to be, but not sure how else to phrase it. As we move back toward normalcy, whatever that means, post covid-19, the weekend of May 15-16 was my first chance to look at how to integrate my covid running routine with “real life”. I knew that if I had to miss consecutive days of running, I’d be fine as I’d done it for quarantine but really, really didn’t want to. I love the routine I’ve gotten into for the last year and determined to keep it up as we transition back to “real life”. This was a really good two weeks with various friend visits. I’d say normalcy will include learning to blog from my phone, but we all know that’s a lie 😀
This came across my twitter feed again recently. Always true and can never see it too often.
Week of May 10
- never miss a Monday: 8a dentist appointment, which is ~3 mile run in each direction. Perfect for a 30m playlist. Selena country on the way down and Matty Maggiacomo’s Hamilton on the way home. Downside? Non-Stop in my head all day. Great song, but an awful ear worm.
- Tuesday: glad I got out for a walk since it was a (good) long work day. Listened to Rogue’s Church of the Long Run which makes it even more amazing that I chose (and succeeded) with them for the marathon training since their belief is way higher mileage than I’m interested in. Oddly, we didn’t do as many 20+ as Chris discussed and wonder if that was a NYC decision or one he changed his thoughts on recently. If I do a fall Half, I’m planning to train, but not sure whose plan I’d use yet.
- Wednesday: four miles before work and the Julianna Margulies book talk after
- Thursday: couldn’t do the office run group due to plans after work so ran in the morning and went almost 4.5 miles. I started thinking about why I always did four miles when I did five often last summer and well why not run a little longer as the morning daylight lengthens. Will also help me get out earlier as the temperatures rise. After work had an overdue meetup with a friend to see the FRIENDS experience. Such a fun, silly and safe event.
- Friday: Rochester bound. Lovely patio evening after dinner. It was so nice to have a normal weekend getaway. Between marathon training and COVID, I really missed those.
- Saturday: morning run to Canandaigua Lake, afternoon with the lilacs. Oddly the first time I’ve run while in Canandaigua and was thrilled to find a pretty albeit hilly route down to the Lake. I’m not usually one to think about “earning” a meal or working one off, but let’s just say that I wasn’t saying no to a funnel cake. The Lilac Festival felt safe and distanced and dare I say normal? Despite being aware of it for 20+ years, this is the first time the weather and calendar cooperated.
- Sunday: meet Dewey. Alas he isn’t mine, but I was so glad to be there for his homecoming. And yes, that’s a case of wipes for scale. Adorable little pandemic kitty.
Week of May 17
- never miss a Monday: wanted to go a little longer than Saturday’s but still do the lake so I wiggled around a little. No flatter but nice and scenic. Paired it with a delicious lunch before I started the drive back home.
- Tuesday: morning walk to get out the car stiffness. Stunning morning. Re-entry wasn’t too crazy and I got out in time to have a picnic by the river. The dropping of the outdoor mask requirement is nice in that I really did miss these picnics.
- Wednesday: summer came. This picture just cracked me up since it looked like I felt. The run was good though.
- Thursday: luckily temperatures dropped some and the office run group was a much better run. Before and after meeting with the group was Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos on Double Date. I learned about that podcast when Marlo Thomas was on Go Ask Ali earlier this season talking about her book. Fascinating topic as someone who has known since childhood that I had no interest in marriage. I don’t think I want to read a 600 page book on marriage, but the podcast segments are fun.
- Friday: on Wednesdays we wear pink and on Friday afternoons, we museum. After the Guggenheim we had a lovely walk through the park. It’s getting busier, but will always be a wonderful oasis.
- Saturday: I’m not even sure when it last rained, and the bridle path looked like that. The dirty legs don’t even do them justice. Let’s just say I’m glad I have dark floors until I swiffered later. Dirt + sunscreen is just childhood and while it was way hotter than I’d like, the run/walk with a friend was a wonderful catch up as it had been a few weeks. Followed that up with sushi, pedicure and some lovely reading time by the river. Perfect Saturday.
- Sunday: museum, dinner with a friend and a flyby hello with another. I’ve been mostly pain free with the hamstring, and glad to see this was true even after the longest run/walk with it.
20 Books of Summer:
Liz reminded me about this challenge, which I attempted in 2018 and since I seem to be in a good reading head space, well why not try it in 2021. 746 Books is the host, and that post has all the “rules”, such as they exist. Basically you pick whether you want to read ten, fifteen or twenty books, and which books those are. No rules as to print or ebooks, or whether you own them or not. If you’re doing the challenge, you can add your link. Any one else here besides Liz doing it?
Part of me thinks I should level up on the challenge and read those I didn’t get to in 2018 or since, but my reading tastes have shifted since then and a few I either don’t remember or don’t appeal to me. I’ll finish filling out the list before June 1. Need ideas? Here are some from Goodreads. I love the idea of reading one book set in every state, but that’s not for this challenge.
My list in no particular order. Bold/Linked are done.
- Daniel Silva, The Cellist. July release by my favorite author
- Mason Funk, The Book of Pride in June during Pride month.I loved the unsung heroes.
- Katie Heaney, Would You Rather? More Pride reading. Loved this.
- John Paul Brammer, Hola Papi. Quick, poignant read
- Ben Cleary, Searching for Stonewall Jackson. Been wanting to read this for some time. Nothing like a deadline.
- Chris Liddell-Westefeld They Said This Day Would Never Come
- Jess Phoenix Ms. Adventure.
- Lexie Kite More Than a Body. Underwhelmed, this wasn’t the book I thought it would be.
- Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Names of New York. This started slow but was really food.
- Craig Taylor New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time. And thritto.
- Spike Carlsen, A Walk Around the Block. Ooh this looks fun complement to 99% Invisible
- Craig Taylor, Londoners because my Kindle tells me I never actually finished this, although I thought I had. My own rules, re-reads count if I find I did finish this in print or something.
- James Patterson 21st Birthday. A girl needs her trash.
- Lee Child 61 Hours
- Diane Capri Jack Frost
- Pamela Newkirk, Diversity Inc. A friend of a colleague, and while this was written before George Floyd and the attendant DEAI focus, I’m curious to how it fits in.
- Will Gompertz What Are You Looking At?
- Abby Hoy, Yes, You Can Wear That. Not much of a fashion person, but this seemed interesting from NetGalley
- Zeba Blay, Carefree Black Girls. NetGalley queue.
- Mike Anthony, Life at Hamilton: Sometimes You Throw Away Your Shot, Only to Find Your Story.
- Sarah Broom, The Yellow House. Started this in May, but wasn’t the right time with the library queue. Still want to read it, but it’s a long one, so alternate.
- James Poniewozik, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America. I want to read this, I own it, but I’m not sure I’m in the head space.
Bill Hayes, How We Live Now. Do picture books count? Also, might finish this in May. ETA: Finished in May, replacing it with his How New York Breaks Your Heart