but first a little rewind..
My do-nothing Sunday to close last week’s wrap ended up as a nice strength day, which made up for the fact that I literally did not leave my apartment. Haven’t had one of those days in a while but 40s and pouring rain? No thanks.
The most exciting news in May? 103.64 miles run. My first ever hundred mile month that wasn’t during marathon training. I’ve gotten close in a few 31-day months, but 17 miles between Saturday and Monday (more on that below) put me over the top as did not having any travel quarantine days like I did in January and March. Not only is it a nice cushion for my 900 mile goal, there’s a potential for a bigger goal depending on when we go back to the office. Not worrying about that now and just enjoying the big month. While I’ve moved away from the focus on steps, it definitely felt good to be more active this month outside of running. Nearly an additional 100 miles moving around, which I was missing.
Another good line from that post above is still true: I remain in awe of what my body can do when I ask and help it to. It is amazing the benefit that consistent strength training and stretching has had. It’s part of why I was somewhat disappointed in More Than a Body. Their appearance on Go Ask Ali was great, the book didn’t quite deliver. Stop listening to the media and hating your body. Um, I don’t? Anyway….
Finished two #20BooksOfSummer books and well into a third. Luckily the second and third are better.
I decided a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to try and do all the Peloton Pride run, strength and stretch classes as a DIY challenge. Luckily Kim mentioned an easy way to find the badge-qualifying classes which helped me find so many classes. My one complaint about Peloton is the lack of search, although I understand it’s better if you have a bike or treadmill.
- Sunday: Matty 30m full body, Rebecca Kennedy, 20m core. Made up for the fact that I had 130 steps on the day. When I first started the strength classes, the ten minute ones were a killer. Now, I can do 20 without much stress.
- never miss a Monday: long weekend edition. I accidentally ran ten miles edition. I had a plan to meet one of my friends who I marathon trained with at Wegmans since we both have Rochester ties and have been meaning to go since our last twenty miler. We also had a plan to run together, which meant I didn’t want to run the ~ 8 miles to Wegmans. So I did a hybrid travel with the Ferry to Long Island City (thereby also avoiding the 59th street bridge) and run to the Navy Yard via the Naval Cemetery Landscape, which I “discovered” for the first time on Memorial Day. What a complicated history That got me about five miles, and then we ran/walked another five to the far end of Brooklyn Bridge Park and back. I guess I’d been thinking we were going to do more like three-four, but it was OK because human dodg’em in DUMBO slowed the pace and well, I earned my Wegmans sub.
- Tuesday: 2,000 days logging MyFitnessPal. It’s even longer than six years as I had a year-long streak before that which broke thanks to our Gala and me forgetting to log until after midnight. It taught me a valuable lesson in logging early in the day. Nice almost normal work day with a preview of the new Harry Potter store in Flatiron. Saw a few colleagues I hadn’t seen since last March, which was surreal/nice and met a colleague who I’d only met on Zoom.
- Wednesday: happy Global Running Day, which I actually thought I’d missed because NYRR confused me with their virtual run date. So glad Kim had this idea and to run with so many of you. It was a lovely morning and my legs had some pep!
- Thursday: ever have a Charlie Horse under your knee cap? I did, and never again please. It hit so suddenly I thought I tore something. I walked it out and have been fine since, but yikes. Came home from that run to my GRD present to myself, Lavender Metallic Ghosts. I’m going to try and not use them until my Brooksversary in July, but we’ll see. If you’re counting, these are my 5th pair of Brooks… all the miles! Speaking of GRD and shoes… the ones I got two years ago as race swag are still unworn with tissue in them. Guess it’s time to donate them, although maybe they’ll be my next walk around shoes.
- Friday: summer Friday lunch with my boss and our colleague! We could have talked for hours even though we talk daily. It was just so nice to see each other in person. Luckily the outdoor dining was covered as the weather was very changeable (by the minute). After lunch, MoMA to see the Cézanne show, but of course I had to say hi to Hopper, VanGogh and Christina’s World too.
- Saturday: sometimes summer thunderstorms bring relief, other times? They usher in a heat wave. If you look closely on Monday, I was in long sleeves although I was occasionally able to push them up. Today? 93. I headed to Randall’s Island as I knew Central Park would be too crowded to feel comfortable mask free, and wanted some of the trails. It was a beautiful, scorcher of a run even if a bike race made it more crowded than it sometimes is. I had just listened to Rogue’s Episode 236 on Running in the Heat, which was helpful. I ignored the watch and just kept moving. Grateful Randalls Island water fountains were on and cold as sometimes a 20oz with Science in Sport doesn’t cut it for eight miles. After a bath, I headed across town to meet Elizabeth for a wonderful catch up at Pier I, our favorite haunt, and a walk to sushi. On the water, the heat was bearable, but I feel sunrise runs are coming.
- Sunday: I’m glad it’s a day off running as it’s already 88! Meeting a friend to go for a walk by the water and otherwise having a low key day.
First in person race is Saturday. Low key excited for bib pickup Friday, although it was weird to make an appointment. The 2021 Mini start is on the East Side, which is nice. Don’t have my start time yet, but not too worried as I can run to it, whenever it is. I’m not racing it, but will be fun to have a number on. If it’s this warm, mask running might turn into a walk. A little unclear on exactly what the in race guidelines are, but glad to take the first steps back.