running the hell away from 2021?
I remain grateful to be healthy, working but I am utterly and totally over the last two years.
A look back at 2021:
- 380,678 steps
- 176.74 miles run/walked
- 88.49 miles run (when did that become a cutback month total!)
- 1,220,598 steps (yes, I remember well when a million step quarter was huge. It’s even more amazing that it’s so normal).
- 572.3 miles run/walked
- 292.93 miles run (nope, not much of a cutback there either with October’s wonderfully insane 121 miles run)
- 4,868,607 steps
- 2241.89 miles run/walked
- 1147.32 miles run
there’s ten miles of walks in there. I forget why I imported that. Maybe a particularly long one?
As I touched on last week, really grateful to have “found” Peloton. And a benchmark for 2022-better end with at least 615 strength classes if my math is right (it probably isn’t). Overall, I have no issues with how the year went activity wise. I think I found a good balance, and stretching/strength work regularly yelped. And yes, those yoga classes are 99.9% stretching, I haven’t suddenly found a love of yoga. I’m already off to a good start on the year with Peloton strength and looking forward to this challenge.
I read 89 books in 2021. 9 over my goal, but I was hoping for 90 when I finished 80 in November. An interesting cross section for sure. My favorites? Probably as follows:
- Samantha Allen’s Real Queer America
- Kate Andersen Brower’s The Residence, fascinating look at the staff of the White House, many who served across three or more administrations
- Matthew Desmond, Evicted
- Alice Hoffman’s Magic Lessons
Nope, no running ones made the list. I didn’t read a ton about running, and what I did was just OK. Luckily I have some on my Kindle to read in 2022. Looking forward to the challenge above, although I doubt I’ll finish it.
Week of December 27:
- Monday: I have no recollection of this run, but Strava tells me I ran Central Park.
- Tuesday: no running, or anything but a strength class as I drove to Rochester. Remember Dewey? Lots of fun times with him, his feline siblings and humans. Dewey had some thoughts on one of my last books for the year – namely that I should be petting and not reading, I’m sure.
- Wednesday: My first snow run of the winter season. Gorgeous run to and from Canandaigua Lake.
- Thursday: no formal exercise, but a lovely visit to the Seneca Park Zoo. I’d never been, and most definitely enjoyed it with my godson and his sister.
- Friday: on of those amazing runner days. I didn’t have time to run before getting on the road, but I knew of a spot about halfway with trailside parking and (I thought) a restroom. The bathroom was closed for the season, but have you even played school sports if you can’t change in the back of a car? Got out for 3.1 muddy miles to close out the year. Decided to have some fun and did 3m hard/1m recovery for part of the workout. I saw some 9s which, wow.
- Saturday: running on New Years’ Day seemed like a good reason to run back to back days. Didn’t know what I wanted to do, but wasn’t feeling the roads since I did them Christmas morning and knew the trails would be a muddy mess. I don’t get to run Rockland Lake nearly enough, and was glad to get there for a foggy, mild run to start the year.
- Sunday: up very early to return the rental car. Took advantage of that time and no-coat weather and had a six mile walk around Central Park. I always feel like I make a lot of excuses for not walking as much as I could — this was an excuse I couldn’t make and it felt good after a somewhat inactive week.
Week of January 3
- never miss a Monday: even when you have a dentist appointment. Actually my dentist is the perfect distance at ~2.5 miles each way. And I got to try out the amazing Athleta Rainier tights that Jessie and Deborah had posted about. Cameo from the Brooks gloves which I bought myself when Deborah posted. Running in an N95 is for the birds, but midtown was peoply and it’s what my dentist office requires, so we make do. The tights? They’re a winner and I now own three.
- Tuesday: first true test of keeping up Robin’s #3for31 challenge as I only took out the trash. Did a nice 30m strength class so I wasn’t a total slug.
- Wednesday: icy rain, so wanted to avoid the ramp I’ve been running on shorter weekday runs, so DIYed a 5K ish loop.
- Thursday: happy 5th runversary to me! If you missed it – since I never get weekday posts together, I wouldn’t be surprised! – the look back is here. Looking again at run photos from this week – has a race giveaway ever gotten as much use as that Lebow hat? It’s run only hat as I have an adorable new purple hat I wear to death otherwise.
- Friday: NYC’s first snow of the year and I got in two walks to enjoy it.
- Saturday: I woke to a 9 degree wind chill and no, just no. Eventually got out when it warmed up into the high 20s and did a nice seven mile loop to, from and around Central Park. I was pleasantly shocked by the pace at the end since it was mostly too cold to look at the watch and when running in gloves I have a bad habit of fat fingering the watch. Low mid 11s for a long run? Um, OK. Slowly building back now and glad it was almost entirely pain free. Personally glad Penguin was cancelled — the additional month off any required distance was the right move. I haven’t actually decided if I’m training for the Central Park half, or using it as a long run for Brooklyn. TBD.
- Sunday: icy rain. Bad football. I may just read and do strength, and I’m AOK with that. I love being outside, but not when it’s miserable