before I get into the week, a moment to think of David Reichman who died after crossing the finish of the Brooklyn Half Saturday. 32 is way too young. Not a race director or medical person, so I have no idea if the race was “unsafe”, but I was very glad to not be running it. I never entered the lottery due to a number of factors, but I’m not sure I’d have run even if I had. It was too hot to be comfortable even if the vast majority of the runners were OK.
Glad for a week with lots of outdoor time and a quick kiss of summer that was fleeting. We’re outdoor creatures. Adults aren’t meant for all the screen time either. Balance is healthy. While I will never be a summer running lover, there’s something about it warming up enough to be comfortable outdoors. Also, I read more which always makes me happier.
- never miss a Monday: wasn’t going to run in the morning, but they had forecasted apocalyptic storms so I got in a couple of miles before a breakfast meeting at the Met and then walked into the office. This vacant lot has been so for about a year, and I love Mother Nature’s Design work. It’s definitely a changing landscape with all the construction projects. The one backing up to this has been abandoned for some years and I wonder if it’s going to be a super block? Spoiler: rain, but not RAIN. I could have run in it
- Tuesday: I wasn’t going to run, except I was antsy after work on a beautiful day. A friend asked if I’d do speed work, and well, I’m not going to say no to running time with a friend even though I wasn’t particularly interested in speed work. We got dusty on the bridle path. Perfect summer night.
- Wednesday: another two museum week. Yay! Had major first day of school vibes with denim jacket, backpack here. No running, but lots of walking on a beautiful day. Grateful to live within walking distance of the office and to be able to walk and run.
- Thursday: office run group was a schedule conflict but I sorely needed a screen break. I don’t run in the southeast corner of the park often enough, and I was reminded on the way to meet a friend that I really should fix that. Ended up walking some with her, and then running home. Turned into a walk run as I was under fueled for 5, since I hadn’t planned on it. Oh well.
- Friday: running four days out of five is not something I do — but there’s really no easier way to get to the dentist. It was a slightly eventful run as the sidewalk jumped up and bit me, but I was fine. Some pretty colors on my hip and knee, but wasn’t anything I couldn’t run through so I finished my dental commute via Walgreens to get some Neosporin. I’ve officially fallen on a trail, running path and sidewalk now. Running gods, we good? I was glad to have gotten out for a run because by the time I finished a major project, it was raining. Like last week, I switched over seasonal clothes-folded this time and think I’m finally done.
- Saturday: a friend had asked if I wanted to spectate the Brooklyn Half, so we headed to Coney early on Saturday morning. So early it was eerie since the train platform isn’t far from the boardwalk at all. Like almost everyone else, massive heat wave so cheering between miles 12 and 13 was very strategic on our part too, although there wasn’t much of an ocean breeze. We saw our runners and then headed back toward the city for lunch and some riverside air as it was brutal once the fog had burned off. To no surprise, Tiki Chick was calling our names. I mean you don’t need to run a Half to eat a delicious sandwich, do you? I caught the ferry home from DUMBO and spent Saturday afternoon in my favorite summer way – crashed on a bench by the river reading. Despite what my knee looked like, it didn’t hurt to spectate, or anything else. And to be fair, some of that is residual from that being my bad knee, it’s not all fall related.
- Sunday: there are years where I make it to July before there’s a heat induced runrise. And then there’s 2022. I didn’t have to run, but I wanted to get out before it got too hot and a run is always a better motivator than a walk. Plan was to see how the knee/hip felt. While I’ve stopped doing virtual races for the most part, I’m happy to support charities and friends’ projects. As you can tell from the bib, I was supposed to do Callen-Lorde already. Oops, but not really. I’d made the donation to my friend’s team and ran 5K and 10K a few times over, but the bib and I were never in the same place. For Blythedale I opted against the shirt and bib because I really didn’t need any more stuff and just supported my friend who works for the hospital. I still wanted to do the 5K, and I was surprisingly peppy at 4: 30. The run was absolutely gorgeous and there was a pre-sunrise moon, which I always love. Best of all, the knee felt good. Still in the no have to zone, so I pretended this was a weekday and did four miles. There was no need to go longer and it was already disgusting out. A shower and nap left me refreshed for another afternoon of riverside reading. That became a pandemic habit when I didn’t want to take the bus across town, but it’s one I might keep too. Love both my rivers for different reasons.