one of the things I’ve missed since 2018* is travel spontaneity. With COVID-19, the planning life cycle was both longer and shorter, if that makes sense. I’d be thinking abut a trip further in advance, but I hesitated to book because I wasn’t sure if the thing I was going for would happen, flights would go, etc. This long weekend? It started out of a text two weeks ago and went final in about a day. I missed that! And why 2018 and not 2019? Marathon training also impacted my spontaneity, it was hard to run away for a long weekend when I also needed to run somewhere between 16-20 miles. Yes, it’s possible to run long and sightsee, but not my usual road trip style, and I really missed my Labor Day getaway in 2019.
I also missed reading in 2019, and for other reasons in 2022, so glad to get two books read this weekend, plus finish A Temporary European which I’d been reading on the Kindle. All good for different reasons.
The reason for the trip, opening night for Home Front at the Victory Theater in Burbank, the story of a couple who met celebrating V-J Day and the aftermath that followed. I haven’t done as much live theatre as I thought I might post COVID shutdown, but there’s just magic about watching actors bring words to life with the playwright in the audience. 99 seat house so it felt like we were all part of the show, and it has been a long tine since a play made me cry. Absolutely beautiful and I look forward to following this play’s journey.
- no run since I’d raced Sunday (recap TK! still bouncing!!) so never miss a Monday had a different flavor: it was cold and I didn’t walk to work, but I did walk to and from dinner for a couple of miles and did strength class so not a loss. While I’ve moved the 3for30 challenge to a rolling average from a daily must since some days it’s just possible, it’s a nice motivator when I want to hop on the bus or train with no good reason for doing so.
- Tuesday: Half marathon training began with a 20 minute time trial. It wasn’t as fast as I ran Sunday, but that was after a two mile warm up and Tuesday was…rushed. It wasn’t surprising though as I’ve always known I’m not a first mile runner, which is usually when I want to turn around and go home even if the run ends up fine. It also gives me cushion for improvement, so I’m fine with that. We had a work event that evening and the sign outside the venue made me laugh because I’ve run past it probably 20 times and never been inside before. Still 0 for the wine since I was drinking seltzer.
- Wednesday: California bound. Longass travel day, but so worth it to see one of my closest friends.
- Thursday: Half Marathon training day two was easy to slide into our mischief thanks to my somehow being on east coast time despite not getting to the hotel until midnight California time on Wednesday night. Workout was a warmup with strides and then alternating five minute half marathon pace/easy intervals and a cool down. No better way to celebrate Team Wilpers than with a Matt stack. The Peloton app and my watch still aren’t in a steady relationship so I ignore most of the metrics that the app shows. I can’t believe I’d missed that Bon Jovi class, and Do What You Can is such a great song.
“Although I’ll keep my social distance, what this world needs is a hug. Until we find the vaccination, there’s no substitute for love. So love yourself and love your family, love your neighbor and your friend. Ain’t it time we loved the stranger, they’re just a friend you ain’t met yet.”
- Friday: original plan was to run Saturday like I always do, but the area where we were staying wasn’t conducive to outdoor running (hi smog, six lane road!) and I wasn’t feeling an hour+ on the treadmill so I punted until Sunday. Instead, I took my first ever Peloton boot camp. It was a wonderful challenge and I’m so glad I did it. I’m not sure whether it’s resolutioning, or I really do miss the treadmill and weights. I’ll have access to one for most of the rest of the month, which should give me time to answer that question and maybe rejoin the gym?
- Saturday: we had vague plans before my redeye flight, but after two gorgeous days the rain came back so we just relaxed and continued the catch up. Sometimes it’s about the little things. As I mentioned on Twitter, a little eerie to be in Northridge around the anniversary of the earthquake, I think it only occurred to me since the earthquake is probably the only reason I know of Northridge if that makes sense?
- Sunday: I briefly contemplated changing into run clothes at the airport to avoid one stalling delay when I got home, but didn’t have a cold weather top with me. So I paused at home, charged my phone and headed off to the park. I’m going to relish the 6 mile long run as I’m not sure I’m mentally ready to jump back into the true long run despite running ~ 11 in early December. The run felt good although I struggled to run as easily as prescribed, which is a forever issue.