This title brought to you by a successful return to racing in the form of the 2021 Women’s Mini. Due to the cancellation of the 2021 Frozen Penguin, the Mini is officially the race I’ve run the most: 2017, 2018 and 2019. More to come on 2021 later this week but in short: it was awesome! Well run, totally safe and a ton of fun.
Oh and yeah, a hell of a race too – but it was fun even without that.
Also in the fun files this week: Thursday afternoon I got a text from a friend who is the team manager for the Whitney Houstons, the Whitney Museum’s team in the museum softall league. Was I available to play? I wasn’t sure I could get there on time after my run, but volunteered to cheer. When I did get there on time they said I couldn’t cheer a game that might not happen — so I ended up catching for seven innings. I haven’t played softball in 25+ years, and wow, I might have to change that. Rusty, and dusty but <3. Also, I think I’ve been hanging on to that photo caption since my first race in a skirt.
One of my favorite summer traditions is the Philharmonic in the Parks’ Central Park concert. This year the series moved to Bryant Park and heresy: it was better. Smaller stage, but smaller space and therefore better acoustics. Proof of vaccine or negative test required and therefore we could safely go mask free. Probably the first “normal” event and I hope the first of many. I’m not ready for indoor events yet, but who doesn’t want to be outside anyway.
The rest of the week was a hot, sweaty mess. Literally.
This week’s weather was just too hot. Five consecutive days of 90+, which is abnormal, to say the least. We had no transition time, which just makes it worse.
But I ran my usual Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. I quit Monday at 5K because it was 100% humidity and I was dehydrated. My fan died overnight and holy cow was I sweaty. Nothing dangerous, just extremely unpleasant and there was nothing to be gained from pushing. Still grateful I got out there, since if I was going to be a sweaty mess while sitting, I might as well be one while running. And not to worry, I had a new fan by midday Monday.
By Thursday, the humidity had broken and mid 80s felt delicious. By the end of the softball game there was even a hint of a chill in the air as I walked home. Even beyond the heat, this week was a shift – fitting running into life, rather than life only being about running in this crazy year.
Grateful to have running in my life and plan to keep up the M/W/Th/Sa routine, but glad to have other things going on again as well. This was a good week aside from the temperatures, and I hope there are more to come this summer.
Saw this sign on the way to dinner with friends and it’s so true.