alternate title, the last line from last week: Oh hello March you wonderful gremlin you. Or, stolen from one of Coco’s comments, Marchuary.
The boots weren’t needed for accumulation, but warmth as I dragged myself out in plummeting temperatures to pick up a library hold and get some fresh air. The booties are my new fashion statement, although if I’d remembered those I might have swapped out the sandals as they were a little tricky to keep on. Glad mirrored floors aren’t my job to clean, and proud of myself for freaking out a little less on them this visit.
Five years ago I officially became a Frozen Penguin. Still one of my favorite race shirts and as I was running in Monday’s 60 degree temps, I had a feeling it was then or never this week to wear it. Apparently I was channeling the weather (25, wind chill 12 as I write this Saturday night). Still proud of myself for opting into that race, what a wonderful gateway drug. From the first time I finished running 5K:
Do I care about speed? Not really. I have no intentions of ever “racing” even if I enter a 5K. Do I want to get faster? Yes. I really don’t enjoy running for the better part of an hour. But a playlist that started with “Shut Up and Dance With Me” and ended with “Shall We Dance?” from The King and I certainly made it a more interesting time. We’ll see where this all goes.
I still break into a dance when those songs come on my iPod.
This five year journey has been a blast and I can’t wait to see what the next five running years look like.
- never miss a Monday: well I thought Kim’s Week of Pi started Monday, and it was absolutely gorgeous out. Thought I might get in Pi Squared, but the knee had a thought on that and I called it good at five and a bit. Perfect reentry after vacation. Met a friend later for a field trip up to Summit One Vanderbilt where the views were spectacular, even though it was overcast. My favorite skewed perspective isn’t even the height but how small 1.6 miles (the CP reservoir) looks from so high up. Summit is also the home of the mirrored floors at the top of the post.
- Tuesday: Pi! I don’t run Tuesdays, except when it’s going to snow and sleet Wednesday and I can’t run commute and clean up in that. Fun to run past a school fitness center clean out. I’d love to use the machines outdoors with a river view! Shame they can’t stay there and run on solar. Managed Pi and the #NoMoreWeek5K in support of their work against domestic and sexual violence. I’m done with most virtual races, but that’s too important of one to not support. Had to go to Javits Center later for a meeting and was glad to see Felix Marzel’s THE BIG APPLE in Bella Abzug Park. Bella is one of the city’s newer parks carved out of Hudson Yards and nice small Women’s History Month tribute to walk through her park.
- Wednesday: our office went remote for a week a few days ahead of the official covid shutdown. It was announced on the Wednesday, we had a transition day Thursday and began working from home that Friday, March 13. We’d been back in the fall before the omicron surge, but this was my first day back in recently and it hit harder than I expected. Where did these two years go? I love my job, colleagues and our leadership gets it. This was a beautiful centerpiece with a lot of meaning. I found myself re-reading Albe’s post about Rally, who will be gone two years on March 28. The office still feels wrong without him. But it wasn’t a bad day – I saw my two closest colleagues in 3D which is always a treat and et some new folks who I only knew from zoom.
- Thursday: office run group was a late scheduled meeting casualty, so I DIYed Pi Squared. Nice to see it just that little bit lighter at the end, even before the time changed.
- FriYAY: there’s something wonderful about friends traveling for work again and the attendant breakfast “meetings”. Also wonderful, librarian humor. I feel like it needs a Hi, My name is… label. Pleasantly surprised on a quick walk after work to find early cherry blossoms on the Great Lawn. Do you know the Dewey Decimal sections by heart? I used to, but with the libraries closed so long for browsing, I had to google the right number for a book. Bad Cari.
- Sleeterday: snow, sleet, wintry mix. Perfect excuse to stay in and read a book. Did need to go out because I put the Culture Strike hold on the wrong branch and when I realized it Friday it was too close to closing. And no, no marathon training here. Someone just recommended it as hysterical and I haven’t read running books in a while. There was no running. Yes, train in all the weather because you never know what’s going to happen on race day, but epic don’t wanna, so I didn’t. We need those days.
- Sunday Runday: 10-12 is the plan. Yay Pi Cubed. Waiting for it to warm up a tick though.