sort of? Not really?
It’s been no secret that I have no idea whether I’m actually training for the Central Park half. Background: I was supposed to run the Frozen Penguin in early January, but it was cancelled due to Park construction and rather than run a 5K in January, I took a deferral to one of two they offered: the Central Park Half on 2/27. NYCRuns does a few Central Park halfs, but I’ve never run it because while I love Lebow as my first Half, two+ loops around Central Park is no one’s idea of fun (and *look* at the ups and downs!). Why was I doing the Penguin? Well, it’s my first race, skipping it just felt wrong, so when they dropped the 10K, added the Half and moved it from Riverside I said why not?
When NYCRuns announced the Penguin cancellation in November, I dropped my mileage way back to heal after the wear and tear of my highest mileage year by far. It was absolutely the right decision. I knew it meant this Half’s training would be compromised, which is most of the reason I decided I was focusing on Brooklyn. While it isn’t flat, it’s much more conducive to a good race and a whole bunch of friends are running it and it was much easier to get excited about. I wasn’t sure if I was going to taper ahead of CP, but I decided midway through Saturday’s run that I was mentally ready to taper. I feel physically good with just the expected ramp up niggles. Last Saturday’s toast was a one day thing/reminder to keep nutrition in mind, and I have two 9s and a 10 in my pocket and I don’t think another attempt at ten next week is worth it. I earned the taper. It will hopefully also mean I can jump right back in as I have Cherry Blossom five weeks later.
- never miss a Monday: the only cold day of a very mild week. Unclear if this was snow, sleet or both, but the birds seemed to enjoy it. I recall nothing of this run but if I took a pic I was probably pretty happy.
- Tuesday: this was a busy week. I’m sure I did something wonderfully exciting, but couldn’t begin to tell you what it was beyond a strength class since that streak is still going strong
- Wednesday: beginning of a trend where it was too warm for hat and gloves. This is looking north toward where I took Monday’s photo. I wished I’d gotten out sooner as I could have run forever. Utter perfection.
- Thursday: mild mild office run group. Almost too warm in a long sleeve tee shirt, but it was a shirt I was so excited to wear. Not that it helps with the lack of red for July 4th nor did I have a Valentine’s Day race planned, but I had to buy it when I saw it. Especially because part of the reason behind the office run group and one of the things I love the most is a non-alcohol way of socializing. Give me an hour in the park over an hour in a bar (even pre-COVID) any day. With slightly longer daylight, can stretch the 5.5 mile route to six and say hi to Fred.
- Friday: off work and headed to Brooklyn for lunch with a friend. I got to the Ferry early since it was way too nice to be indoors, and noticed this fun shadow puppetry. When I got back from lunch the wind had kicked up, but there was still enough daylight and warmth for a Central Park walk.
- Saturday: the schedule said 12. The plan was 10 and I’d mapped a good route to brunch. However I realized about a half mile in that the backpack, which works well at other distances, had my center of gravity off and ten wasn’t going to happen on time to get me to a shower before brunch. (Isn’t it nice to have socialization scheduling “problems” again?) So I recalibrated and moved to a route that would get me 8-9. Gorgeous sun-kissed blue skies and I was definitely too warm in a long sleeve shirt. Rookie February mistake to not have a backup especially since I was carrying a backpack! I had enough time at the end and looped Pier 45 to come in at 9 before heading for a shower and to meet my friends. Comfortable outdoor dining in February on Hudson Clearwater’s patio and lots of running chatter as four of the five of us are running the Brooklyn Half at the end of April. I love running friends! After brunch we meandered around the village, saw the utterly insane line for 818/Blank Street coffee (Kendall Jenner’s fashion week collaboration) and settled for Chip City cookies at Partners Coffee. An excellent day all around.
- Sunday: nearly 60 yesterday, so of course we wake to snow. Will go for a walk in the Park before the Super Bowl. I always love to play outside, but especially when it’s snowing.