A solid week!

By | February 19, 2024

Taylor Swift: Storyteller at Museum of Arts and Design

This made me laugh so hard when Coco and I saw it in the gallery last Sunday because it’s the understatement of the millennium when it comes to Swift, especially the last year. Also, there was a moment when the holidays and beginning of the year were a quiet-er time in the office, but that’s most definitely not true. The running? That was good this week and linking up with Kim and Deborah to talk about it.

could they see us from Vegas?!?

not my best, nor my worst 4M

Sunday Funday:

Weekly run downs have been MIA in part because, there hasn’t been much to say about my weekly runs other than they sort of happened. That tied turned with last Thursday-February 8 – when I ran to the office run group office meetup spot from home which turned into 7.5ish miles of catchup, celebration and my favorite kind of happy hour. I really like the mid week long run and love when my legs and lungs are up for it.

Sunday was the start of a great week with the NYRR Super Bowl race, aka Gridiron 4M. I am laughing at last year’s post about Gridiron, I need to amend I can cook with sometimes. I impressively failed Rice a Roni last Friday. Or as a friend asked, were you trying to make kindling? Prior Gridirons: 2018, 2019. I also ran it in 2020 but don’t appear to have even mentioned it — probably because I was injured. I had actually forgotten I registered for the race until I was out with friends for dinner a couple of weeks ago and we talked about who was running – we’re all running a race together in two weeks – and I realized I was. That’s the challenge with NYRR’s registration calendar, I signed up for two June races on February 1. Luckily that was still with plenty of time to get my bib and shirt.

The race is in partnership with the Flag Art Foundation and with the exception of the first year I ran it – white, just no – it’s one of my favorite shirts. Baby pink in 2020 gets worn almost as much as my blue Ted Corbitt. As I try desperately to purge the “too much” that comes with living somewhere 11+ years and running, I’m trying to cull multiple year race shirts to the one I like/wear the most. I have to put this side by side with last year’s – also yellow – to decide which gets to stay because while I need more low-light visibility, I don’t think I need two long sleeved ones.

Usually when a race starts on the East Side, I’ll run to the start but Rachel and I made plans to meet at Fred and I didn’t want to get chilly after warming up, so I decided to walk. Like all of this winter, it was mild for February and I was comfortable in a windbreaker with no need for a hat or gloves, although in mile one my hands were a little chilly. The race itself was fine, we ran it all with the exception of Cat Hill (legs, not lungs) at a pretty consistent clip and last mile was the fastest. It’s 102 down across 72nd and back up to 102 for the inner loop which makes for a nice flat-ish finish.

After a shower, it was off to meet Coco for an afternoon of mischief that included MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design, dinner at one of my favorite Greek spots, and cookies. Because we always need cookies. Runners not running for the win! Picasso in Fontainbleau is a great show we caught on the closing weekend, and I loved both the special exhibit at MAD and their galleries dedicated to the art of craft – especially a beautiful Bisa Butler piece. Museums + time with friends is always a great day.

I row from the future

  • just another Manic Monday: actually, it wasn’t too bad because we got word early in the day that city schools were going remote for Tuesday, which meant we were too. The weather wasn’t supposed to start until midnight so I got to the gym for some good cross training. There are many good things about Crunch, but access to rowers is probably my favorite.

waking in a winter wonderland

walking to the PAC

  • Tuesday: snow day! Well not really, just WFH. I went out at lunch to get some food and find the snow, and it had all melted. Booo. I was glad for that though when I headed downtown to see Between Two Knees at the PAC because the wind down there would have meant icy snow.  I’ve been to the PAC a few times, but never at night and as distinct as its marble facade looks in the day, it really fits in at night. That’s the PAC behind the 9/11 museum in the foreground.

King cake for breakfast

  • Wednesday: back at the office. SO MANY SWEETS this week as a new colleague also brought in all the Girl Scout Cookies. I know the story with the baby in the King Cake, but it’s a creepy sight to walk into. While I don’t mind the treadmill as a tool, my attention span has a love/hate relationship with it and I haven’t managed more than two miles after work on it. I was pleasantly surprised when I was still motivated and knocked out a 5K of .25 intervals at 6.0 with .1 of walk recovery.

row row row your boat

  • Thursday: office run group was a black ice/ill colleague casualty which I wasn’t entirely sad about. I felt bad for my colleague of course, but running Friday in the sun was far more appealing than worrying about our footing.

Chasing baseball ghosts

Thank you fellow runner

  • Friday: 51 weeks from the last time. There’s no other run to do on the eve of spring training/in dad’s birthday month and it’s also one of the easiest-logistically-double digit runs. It has the added benefit of not being along the water on a mild but windy February day. Hamilton Grange, Morris Jumel, the Polo Grounds. Yep, switched to Terry Cashman from my audio book when I ran across Macombs Dam. Most importantly, it was fun! I’d missed this piece of running.

Second verse, same as the first

hello friend

on top of the world, or at least Central Park

  • Saturday: We were meant to get 1-6 inches. That’s not a forecast, it was a guess. All I wanted was to get out before the snow melted because I have missed it. Mission accomplished. Central Park was a winter wonderland. ~ 4 miles of a photo walk made for a happy me.
  • Sunday: woke up to 25 mph gusts and I was worried about ice so headed for the treadmill. Wednesday’s workout in a redux and it felt good. I’m technically supposed to drop the recovery intervals but it’s easier to math a .1 interval so I think I’ll up the work interval. Looking forward to the longer daylight for more outdoor runs because fresh air always wins in my book. Mani/pedi and an otherwise chill day.

11 thoughts on “A solid week!

  1. Deborah Brooks

    You are the best NYC tour guide! Glad you 2 were able to get together. You have had some great runs lately despite the weird weather we have been having. Getting ready for those spring races!

    1. cari Post author

      Mother Nature can’t decide whether she’s our cheerleader or not.
      I look forward to another Monuments or CP run with you one day soon

  2. Debbie

    How fun that you and Coco were able to spend some time together while she was in NYC for business! Nice job on your running. Even though I love running before the sun comes up, I agree, a sunny run beats a nighttime slippery run.

    1. cari Post author

      There’s something magical in a sunrise run, and I think because of where I am on the east side it feels less dangerous with respect to ice then losing daylight and ice forming. So glad we were able to

  3. Wendy

    It looks like you are having our usual weather. I’m not complaining–we get our share of the ice, cold, and wind–but I do hope it improves for your neck of the woods!

    How fun that you got to see Coco! She comes to Chicago pretty often but it’s usually during the week and it’s tough for me to get down there on a weekday. Someday…

    1. cari Post author

      We used to have winter. Never bad and lasting like yours, and mom still sometimes gets some but the city has mostly been wet since 2021 when I think mother nature knew we all needed to play outside and even before that it had been a few years since Winter.
      Someday.. and one day you and I will get to meet too!

  4. Coco

    It was a good week! Definitely will have to make plans to museum with you again. And maybe even run if I continue to rehab.

    That photo of the cardinal in the snow is stunning! I don’t know if snow ever stuck on the ground Tuesday morning. I saw the barest bit of slush at 7 am and it got warmer after that.

    We got a dusting of snow Friday night, but it didn’t even cover all the grass. I think that was our last chance for 2024. ~sigh~

    1. cari Post author

      We had wet roads, but Central Park was stunning on Saturday. That was the ramble which is a little more shaded so it lingered even when the sun came out. I didn’t make it into the park Tuesday due to schedule but heard there was some visible. And yes, I think that was our winter.
      We can museum on your turf next time, like we talked about two years ago.
      And absolutely for another run one day. That was so fun last? year.

  5. Darlene S Cardillo

    Your posts always make me laugh because I so get you!

    Yes for a cookie and runners not running meet-up. (sounds familiar) FOMO on meeting Coco. Someday stars will align on our NYC work visits.

    Strange that NYC got more snow than Albany. Not sad to miss it. Florida was wonderful!

    See you in a month!

  6. Catrina

    What? A baby in a cake?! Yep, I agree, that’s quite creepy.
    Well done on your Gridiron 4m race! It sounds like the perfect Sunday. First a race, then meet up with Coco with a great sightseeing tour. Cookies are a must!


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