It was a good week and so much fun to run “with” all of you. By my count we had nine states, six time zones and four countries represented. We absolutely nailed the “global” piece of it and had two other states and a country who weren’t able to get pics in.
It was also great to get some “sneaker time” with friends. Daily texts are great, in person talking even better.
Reading: outdoor weather means “recovery” is laying on a park bench and reading. This was true of marathon long run days and definitely true of the last two years. Trying to keep that balance and not be overscheduled as we return to “normal”. Fun fact: I wanted to call this running and reading and wordpress appended a 2 to the URL. Can’t have that. So I had to search: March 2019, May 2019 and July 2021. So predictable, and I wouldn’t change it for the world
Relentless, by David Gething.
It’s been a while since I wrote up a book I’d read, but it has been an even longer while since I read a running book worth sharing. This is the story of Gething’s participation in the 2015 World Marathon Challenge. Elements of the story seemed familiar so I either read it before, or it has been excerpted, or both. Either way, it was a good, quick read. Gething went from being utterly unfit and on the verge of a heart attack by 40 on the eve of his eldest daughter’s birth to running seven marathons in seven days at an average pace of under 3:30. Wow. He’s also a competitive ultrarunner and triathlete. While the early chapters covered the rest of his story, the bulk of this book was his seven marathons interspersed with some sports history about stage racing. I appreciated this as they’re not something I follow and found the sportsmanship stories as he battled with Doug to be fascinating. While none of the lead runners are at a pace I could even sniff – and I’m proud of my 6:18 – I was tickled to see there were back of the packers attempting this. There’s no way I want to do seven more marathons in my life, let alone in a week, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Half would be a fun project. Maybe when I win the lotto, because it’s 42K Euros to do!
And I seem to have broken a running book logjam as I read Shane Benzie’s The Lost Art of Running (good, but not great. A little dry in parts) and am now reading Sara Slattery / Molly Huddle How She Did It. What running books have you read lately?
I was ahead of 2021 through April (thanks two Half Marathons and a 10M) but am about sixteen miles off now thanks to the conscious decision to step back the running in May and May 2021’s insane mileage. Looking at my log, I ran more days but less distance and that worked for my body. I’m slowly ramping back up in distance and mostly enjoying the runs. 77.96 miles as a cut back? Yeah I’d have laughed at that two years ago. Life is funny sometimes.
Needed to be at 417 to hit my year-end goal and ending May I’m at 445.53 so I’m fine. We’ve been back in the office two days/week for two months and I’m pleased with how I’m balancing work/life/running.
- never miss a Monday: I didn’t get out as early as I wanted since my stomach was feeling off first thing. This was slog due to the heat, but the chalk writing is always a good distraction. The artist shares their updates and words of wisdom. Rest of the day was in my summer happy place reading and wishing I was in the water to cool off. Maybe not the East River though!
- Tuesday: we’re flexible in the days we go into the office, which I appreciate for many reasons. I chose Tuesday because a) figured most folks wouldn’t after a holiday weekend and b) it was 95 and I wanted their AC. Despite the heat I was able to walk to and from work, which is always a great way to bookend the day. While there are fewer in person meetings than pre-COVID, I didn’t walk to work as much then so it’s curious what year on year non running mileage will look like. Especially as one thing I runfessed in marathon training was that I missed walking because it felt like I should always be running.
- Wednesday: I joked back in February that we were back to normal since there were five museum events in one day. This was close with four. I made it to two, which was about as much as possible given they were in three boroughs. Of course, given Global Running Day there were some morning miles and a little retail. Wendy, Darlene and Michelle, I’ll be reporting for twinning duty soon. The one on the left was actually Jenn inspired a few days prior and goes well with some goodies that Deborah shared. No, still not a tank top runner but there’s something about the cut of the Brooks ones that work for me.
- Thursday: office run group was a schedule casualty and a run with friends was a thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening one. Luckily the storms stopped and I got out for a quick walk when I only intended to take out the trash. When that’s the only plan, do you put on bug spray? Needless to say, I was mosquito food.
- Friday: somehow in planning our rained out Thursday run, we got to talking about Wegmans. Specifically Wegmans subs, and Friday’s run was planned. I took the ferry to DUMBO (because why subway on a beautiful day?) and ran to meet a friend and we ran from Pier 6 to Wegmans. I don’t typically post Strava, but I had to laugh at this one. After lingering dinner on the patio I had the most picture perfect ferry ride home. Magic hour indeed.
- Saturday: I don’t run two days in a row, except when I do. A friend was looking for company on her marathon long run so I decided to join her for some. It’s amazing how fast you can run when you’re with someone. This was one of those runs where I could fly, and just as easily decide to walk up a hill. It was toasty. Nice to get in 8.5 ish. Hit a street fair or two on the way home and capped off the day in my happy place reading. I really hate to be indoors at all on a beautiful day.
- Sunday: speaking of, meeting a friend for lunch at Pier I and plan to finish a book and maybe start another. I’m not doing 20 Books of Summer this year, but enjoying making headway through Mt. TBR.