Running into Spring

Merging the Weekly Run Down and Tuesday Topics this week because I never quite got enough computer time last week or over the weekend to write a post.

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Tuesday Topics with Kim and Zenaida: What are some new fitness gadgets you’d like to try?

While I can be a gadget person, I don’t think there are any on my list to try. Why? I’ve been on a bit of a gadget-ish binge of late:

  • the new to me iPod touch is amazing. It’s so easy to use and running with music again has been a real pleasure. I might even put email on it!
  • Compression socks/sleeves: OK maybe not a gadget, but a new-to-me-toy. I’m not sold on them for daily runs (namely because I only have one pair), but I feel like they help.

I really, really wish someone would invent defrosters for glasses. Transition lenses were one of my best running-adjacent purchases, but ugh glasses + rain are a pain in the ass.

Weekly Run Down, week of April 15 with Kim and Deborah even if I don’t actually squeeze this into the linkup. Inching into base building and off my training hiatus. Eek. Marathon beginning to feel real, but week felt strong. How do I know there’s more outdoor running? That & travel are when my Instagram really wakes up:

hello random fake topiary
  • Monday: off. I think. This week was so crazy I don’t actually remember what I did Monday. I got step goal and didn’t get to the gym. I passed this wonderfully ridiculous fauxpiary while out and about.
nice addition, weekday only?
  • Tuesday: gorgeous day that I got out early enough to check my stuff at the Run Center and do five Central Park miles after work. So rare on a weekday night and so magical. Peak cherry blossoms and while I did the bridle path to avoid the worst of the hills and pounding, legs felt good. Finding this kiosk branded NYRR was a nice surprise, I’ve never noticed this on the weekend.
  • Wednesday: office run group day shift due to schedule. Three miles felt harder on the calf and had some annoying foot numbness, but I pushed through and made sure to do all the PT exercises after at the gym.
  • Thursday: off. Book group and nowhere near step goal. I needed the day off.
  • Friday: no formal exercise but lots of steps through the park and in a museum before I headed upstate after some meetings.
om nom nom. For the record: he lost his head to the cooling rack. I did not decapitate him for a photo. And yes, that’s a dinosaur.
  • Saturday: when you forget your gels, you fuel with a sugar cookie. Run was later in the day than I wanted due to a morning monsoon but still got in five miles running through my hometown. Nearly negative splits due to people I met & stopped to talk to in mile one.
pretty much last summer’s wipe out spot
  • Sunday: curious if the trail was open with all the Shared Use Path construction still ongoing so I headed out for a shorter shakeout. I went as far as where it’s totally washed out/I became a real runner last summer and turned back. Legs felt good as did body in 87% humidity.
Runners’ Delight: awesome easter shirt from my cousin

Plan for the Week:

  • Monday: cross train. Legs are feeling good despite two days running in a row, but I’m not going to be stupid. Again.
  • Tuesday: unsure, crazy work day with before and after work events
  • Wednesday: run before work
  • Thursday: office run group
  • Friday: off/cross
  • Saturday: TBD, based on where I am
  • Sunday: team captain for office group for the 9/11 Museum 5K run/walk. More community give back than a race and the course is narrow, but it’s always a wonderful day. Anyone else running?

Do you like to give back through running?
(Non race) shirts with words, yay or nay?
Are you a gadget person?

20 thoughts on “Running into Spring”

  • OMG, I love that shirt! I can’t resist clever t-shirts, even if I don’t wear them often, they spark joy when I see them in my drawers. 😉 on the other hand, I am not a fan of muddy trails!

  • 5 miles in CP = heaven

    Yes on the compression socks. I almost always wear them and I didn’t yesterday and I can feel the difference (or maybe it’s cuz I ran 3 days in a row LOL)

    Looking forward to Cherry Blossoms this weekend!!!!!!!!!!

    Have fun on your Sunday run.

  • I like to try EVERYTHING. Food, gadgets, clothes . . . it is both a blessing and a curse.

    The mentoring is the way I give back (although this is only my second year doing it). My hat is always off to the volunteers! I have volunteered occasionally, but not nearly as much as I ought to. OTOH, the mentoring is more than 2 months twice a week.

    • Me too. She makes some great ones.
      There are a couple I might get as a mug (also don’t need) because the cut of her shirts don’t always work for me.
      I bought a dino cookie cutter for thanksgiving a few years ago. We now always have a dino and a penguin because I can spin them to any holiday

  • I’m not much of a a gadget gal, and I am not much into t-shirts either (whomp whomp) 😉 I am a huge believer in giving back, though. I try to volunteer whenever our town has a race (even if that means missing the opportunity to run it myself).

    • You should do NYC races — all the summer ones are singlets I think
      This year I’m going to be all Marie Kondo and not even take them vs. shoving in a drawer

    • Same really. And luckily the ones I want (like my new Garmin last fall or the iPod) are reasonable and not bucketlist pricing wise

    • She posted it for the kids and I said hey, I’d have ordered that. And then the Bunny brought me one. Isn’t it fun?
      We need to get on this invention

  • Love the shirt! I have a “This is what a feminist looks like” one and then band tshirts, otherwise plain. Oh, and “Only happy when I’m running” which I wore on whatever day I did running so far.

    • Funny, I used to be a band shirt person but lately I’ve had no luck with fit. Did get a comfy for sleeping one from Garth Brooks’ recent Yankee Stadium concerts.
      I need to get that feminist one. I have it as a pin

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