Before I get to the rundown, I would be remiss in not talking about the down side of running. A woman runner attacked at knife point in broad daylight and in the course of the investigation it turned out he was likely tied to other assaults on walkers and runners in the park that hadn’t been covered in the news. It sounds as if she’ll be physically OK and the man has been arrested, but this is frightening. Disturbing. Pick your adjective. What I loved though was the running community coming together and making sure people weren’t solo. Luckily at about peak NYC / Marine Corps mileage, this wasn’t a huge issue in Central Park, but it’s sad to think that we can’t just go run.
Running wise, this was otherwise a good week. I finished Week 3 of the Team Wilpers Challenge and while it’s not explicitly focused on my 15K, I’m using it as training for that race because I need some structure in the build back. So far it has been excellent, and fun.
I need to look back at my September mileage as I haven’t been great with the spreadsheet. Oops. I can’t believe it’s already October.
- never miss a Monday: coming off the news of the assaulted runner, this hill workout was a challenge. Not physically (although duh, yes!), but logistically because at 90 second uphills, I couldn’t use the East River promenade where I (generally) feel safe. I sorted out a way to run commute home with a light bag and headed for Central Park where I knew there would be many many runners. Cat Hill was just about long enough for these repeats. While I’m in no way in shape, it will be fun to compare if I do them again, and it will help for the 15K since we see this hill. Also, I need to quit detouring around Cat Hill.
- Tuesday: worked from home, but had dinner with friends in midtown so beautiful fall evening walk through Central Park.
- Wednesday: supposed to be 45m with strides, but I could not get going. I think I was still unsettled by the weekend’s news. I settled on a run commute knowing I couldn’t run after work due to the Chocolate Factory Theatre gala (zoom in on pic 3 and play Where’s Cari!) and punted on the workout. They’d advised us that the dress code was industrial garden party (check!) and that the floor was uneven. I wanted to wear boots, but they don’t work with this dress so my woven pseudo Mary Janes it was. The host had on Wonder Woman Converse and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a pair. Any dress code with sneakers? AOK in my book. Late night, but a fun one as I heard the call of Aaron Judge’s 61st home run in a Lyft home. Jordan bought Thursday’s newspaper and then Mom found this in dad’s box. Lesson learned: don’t throw anything out.
- Thursday: gorgeous sunset skies ahead of Ian, and return of the Office Run Group leaving from the office! I’m usually better at lunch fueling when I’m running after work, but how do you say no to the Dolly Varden Yard Bird and some rose when we went out to celebrate my 15th work anniversary. I love what I do and who I work with, but being somewhere 15 years when I still feel like the kid who started at 27? Insane! Because I subsequently ran home from the run group’s office end point, I called this the Saturday 60m workout for the Team Wilpers Challenge. We were projected to get the rain from Ian so that worked out well.
- Friday: off day from exercise.
- Saturday: watch and wait with the Ian rain. After some procrastinating, which involved costume planning for a Halloween race, I got in a date with Fred and the 45m with strides workout, which is one of my favorites in the challenge. Nice to find some speed at the end of the workout. With the cool down, this also ended up being about an hour, so was glad to get all the workouts in despite some fits and starts earlier in the week. Balancing life and running is key.
- Sunday: wet Giants game with a friend.