it was also a crazy busy week, but with fun stuff, which is part of what made it a good week.
- never miss a Monday: after meeting up Sunday, Darlene and I had a plan to maybe run in the morning depending on how heavily it was raining. It wasn’t at all. So I dropped off my laptop in the office and met her for a loop of Central Park. I am pretty good with running with the backpack, but not with the laptop. I had the biggest laugh when I went to change at the office and realized I forgot my normal bra. Oops. Worse things in the world than spending a day in a sports bra, but it was kind of see through. Thanks, jacket. That last face? I just laughed. It was fine since I was home, but there’s just something about getting caught in the rain when you’re not run clothes.
- Tuesday: after a really long day in the office Monday, I was glad to work from home. Trying to heed the words of my PT and walk when I’m not running and went for a sunset walk. Not much of a sunset (need more clouds!). Not sure what those floating wooden “barges” were, but I suspect part of the work being done on the fountain, which has been off all year.
- Wednesday: it was cold! Wind chill in the 30s and while I didn’t need to be at the office at 9 sharp, I couldn’t get it going to go for a run. Enter an after work runset. The bridle path isn’t runnable after dark as it’s completely un lit, so run, walk, run is just fine.
- Thursday: office run group meets Alison Desir’s book launch, which began with a two mile run or walk/run. I was working from home, so the event actually began with a run to the run! My IT Band is responding well to the effort to walk when I’m not running, but it does not like the stop that follows running. It was good on the run down, OK on the two mile run and screaming while I sat listening to Alison speak with Erica Edwards-O’Neal about her new book, Running While Black. Luckily it loosened up and getting home wasn’t too much of a hobble. So glad to have the chance to see Alison while she was in town and thrilled to support Revolution Books with my purchase. Can’t wait to read this. And yes, 24 hours after running in tights I was back in a skirt.
- Friday: sunset walk, otherwise much needed rest day after busy week
- Saturday: definitely the highlight of an already fun week. Mo wanted to do something different for her birthday and we landed at Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook for their inaugural class post-COVID and some renovations. I am someone who has to learn by watching, or doing with you – not watching and repeating. So our efforts were very much not an exact replica of the instructor’s. But he was prepared, and armed us with a heat gun for our too quickly tempered chocolate and we were back in business. I loved the topping choices, especially everything bagel! I haven’t actually tasted the bars we made since I’m not a dark chocolate person, but the samples we tasted were delicious. Going in I guessed my favorite would be pink sea salt, and it probably was #2, but I absolutely loved the pumpkin one from the spice the tahini provided. It didn’t taste at all like pumpkin, which is good since I don’t like pumpkin! If I had just tasted it, I’d have guessed chili not pumpkin. And I’ll be honest, I’d have had no idea this was a vegan chocolate company. After class was over, I had a vague wave thought of running home. It’s about 8 miles from Red Hook, but not the pretty (aka river) route I’d run, so I knew early it probably wasn’t going to happen. That was confirmed when I turned left at Brooklyn Bridge Park and hit Wegmans when I was hungry. Is there any better break/later run fuel than a Wegman’s sub? Bonus following a ferry home and break to charge my phone? This absolutely picture perfect sunset ahead of Sunday’s rain. Nothing better.
- Sunday: finally a chance to enjoy some fall foliage. Between the drought, weird temperatures, the changing leaves have been all over the map. It’s nice to see a few splashes of color on this walk in the drizzle.
Work is going to get crazier before it gets calmer, but glad IT band, schedule allowing for some running and balance. Next up: costume fun. Stay tuned for Haunted Island 10K pics.