remember last week when I said I was going to move the AC so I could sit under my desk? Yeah, that turned into a completely rearranged room to create a living room and home office. Side effects: No longer staring at a wall, desk is away from window for if & when I need to put the AC in the window. Pics to come when it’s straightened up enough to be presentable.
This week could also have been subtitled adventures in cooking. Some of you saw my pancakes experiment on Wednesday night. Proud to report they were delicious even if not models. I also crowd sourced the decision and ordered an Instant Pot. If I’m going to actually cook, I don’t want to be limited to the microwave. I like the idea of the sides it opens up and I can make artichokes! They-and salmon/sushi-are the foods I’m missing most without restaurants. So we’ll see where this goes.
This week was a wonderful Zoom-filled week. After work with friends on Friday who I see far too infrequently, even BCV, Saturday afternoon with many of you and Saturday evening with some friends I met over SVU some 15 years ago. Situation is FAR from ideal, but there are some Life Is Good moments. Human connection is essential.
April was my worst step month in a very long time. Did it surprise me when I realized I wouldn’t hit 300K for the first time in forever? Yeah, and it stung a little, but I know resting the knee and social distancing were way more important in the long run. Unlike the first year when I quit #GoTheDist out of frustration, I’ve learned numbers don’t define success. I’m still debating dropping my Fitbit goal to 10K as 12K isn’t as realistic as it once was. We’ll see. Pleased to say I got back to back step goals this weekend for the first time since this all happened I’m pretty sure.
The knee? Well, it’s been hit or miss but I think it’s getting better.
- never miss a Monday: I tried to run, but the knee wasn’t ready so I had a post-storm walk, which felt good. As has been the theme the last few weeks, tulips. Lots and lots of tulips.
- Tuesday: beautiful day and I wanted to go out. Decided to walk to and from Central Park and run the bridle path. It was… OK. It hurt, but not insurmountably. Plan was originally one lap of the bridle path loop, but at half a mile out, I decided to just double back via Fred Lebow and call it good.
- Wednesday: I’ve been frustrated at how hard it is to get step goal after work with only a walk for coffee in the morning. As it’s been lighter earlier, I decided two a day walks would be good & necessary for steps and sanity.
- Thursday: about those steps? Windy rain, but I still got outside. I loved this coat when I bought it, but I am ready to be DONE with it for the season.
- Friday: I decided to try running again. I was going to leave the Garmin home since I knew it would be maybe a mile. But on the other hand I wanted to know how long I could go before I felt discomfort. .43 miles vs. .25 earlier in the week. Progress! And yes, I wish I’d gone seven more seconds.
- Saturday: I had no plans for this run. I got out later than I wanted because I turned off the alarm after unsettled sleep all week. I knew the East River would be too busy for my comfort zone so I headed toward Central Park. Unlike earlier in the week, I decided to try running there too. I stopped along the perimeter wall to stretch my calves and then headed toward the cushion of the bridle path. Apparently everyone thought it was going to be too crowded and went elsewhere as I was able to run the reservoir with no crowding at all. I was very surprised that this turned into a 5K. Unlike earlier in the week with lots of stretch breaks, the only stops were to drink because drinking while moving was hard even before a mask was involved. This run had me feeling really strong and reminded me why running for no good reason was accomplishing nothing.
- Sunday funday: it was going to be nearly 80 and I knew the Park would be beyond my comfort zone later so I went out with the birdwatchers and had a nice looped walk through the ramble. Such a pretty and quiet area. Leg felt good after two days running, but it appreciated the break and increased stretching. This photo? An accidental same spot as Marathon Monday. Cannot believe it has been six months. It feels simultaneously longer and shorter. Plans for the rest of the day include a book and my fire escape before watching the Lortel Awards tonight. I love them and really wish I was there tonight. Always a fun evening.
This was overall a good week.
- 235, 252 steos
- 99.71 miles run/walked
- 19.31 miles run
When I realized on May 1, that I’d run 19.31 miles on the month I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I’d seen that sooner to find .7 more, but not sure I could have done that this week. I 100% could have found .3 miles to walk though.