did someone ask Mother Nature what month it was? As I think I mentioned here a few weeks ago, my neighbors are suing one another and the landlord suing them for one’s refusal to stop smoking cigarettes and other substances in her apartment. I think she let Mother Nature into her wacky weed stash. There is no other explanation for snow in May in NYC.
I’m pretty sure the actual reason for the photo was to let my colleague know I was briefly AFK. We use Slack for office communication and among the best practices is letting others know via status if we’re taking a break. It really does remind me of AOL chat rooms in some ways. While we realized during one of the recent Zooms that I’m among the babies in the linkup, I frequently feel internet old.
If we’re Facebook friends, you know I fell head over heels in love with my Instant Pot. Artichoke, risotto and hard boiled eggs have joined pancakes and pulled pork in Cari’s Covid Cuisine. This book was a gift from a dear friend who has been trying to get me (and Darlene!) into the cult of the Instant Pot since she cooked for us a few months ago. I promise this won’t turn into Cari Cooks, but that blog might make a come back if I could ever manage to update more than once a week regularly. Thank you all for your recipes and suggestions.
Showing off my new spice collection, with a side of my too small for my baths of coffee but I love them anyway mugs.
I really need a new category in Mint for CV19 related shopping. Not just the masks, but the instant pot, external monitor and some of the other recent purchases. My home supplies budget line item went kind of nuts these last few months.
Since there have been no long runs to speak of since Leap Day and that was really a one-day wonder, my iPod has been filling up with my podcasts and this week yelled at me for being full. Knocked out:
- Squadroom: Stabler Secrets are Revealed – It’s the only TV I watch outside live sports, and although I’m a season or three behind, ELLIOT STABLER IS COMING HOME.
- Running Rogue The Mental Side of Injury, which I had high hopes for but didn’t find as engaging as I’d have liked.
- Ali on the Run on the Morning Shakeout, everyone comes to running with a story. I’m not a frequent listener of either podcast, but I liked how they came together to talk about her transition from blogging to podcasting, the heyday of run twitter (and blogging) and more.
- MTA’s How to Stay Motivated When Your Race is Cancelled which was from March 17 and feels like eons ago in Corona time. Definitely good to think about why we all run, and whether we’d still run if there were no races.
Never will be much of a podcast person, but always come away having learned something.
- never miss a Monday: one thing I’ve learned with this return to running is what worked last time isn’t a guarantee of what will work this time. For some reason a day off mostly isn’t enough time for the knee not to be angry, so I turned off the Garmin and enjoyed a walk on the newly open streets. Third day in a row hitting my step goal, which was nice (and promptly didn’t happen again).
- Tuesday: had to do some errands after work. Braved Fairway and finally found sugar snaps and cucumbers. It’s the little things.
- Wednesday: knew it was going to rain after work so decided to test the knee with a literal coffee run. From home to Central Park to the closest 7-11 for coffee. Knee felt good, GPS was into something funny. I didn’t zig zag nearly that much.
- Thursday: literal with the runs again as I ran to Target for a curbside pickup order and some of the way home before the bag was too unwieldy to run with. Didn’t even think to use my running backpack, duh. Partially, I think, because I didn’t expect to feel strong enough to do the round trip run. Why did I say a day off between runs is mostly not enough? Because twice in two weeks I could run two days in a row. These are short, but still. Our bodies are weird. I got really fed up with trying to run in a Buff, so ordered a supply of these masks from a friend whose company makes them. I love how my chin rests in it and there’s enough clearance to breathe. Look forward to trying it on a longer run as IT Band gets there.
- Friday: Fridays have been a consistent no step day for me throughout all of this. This week was compounded by an icy rain during which I just dashed across the street for my weekly grocery shopping before my friend’s candle lighting. During my 12P meeting I was able to work from the kitchen and set up my first Instant Pot risotto. Need to work on my timing like prepping the rice before I start to sauté the onions and garlic, but getting there. Baby steps. It was delicious.
- Saturday: it was way too cold and windy to contemplate running. I was not in the mood for all the layers and absolutely refuse to put on a hat or gloves in May. After a slow start, the itch to GTFO of the neighborhood for the first time since March 12 won out and I took a walk down York and back up 3rd. Midtown East is much more crowded than my neighborhood, although social distancing was relatively easy. I was displeased when I got snow flurried on twice, but it was otherwise a lovely walk. There was a beautiful but heartbreaking piece in the New York Times on what we miss, and it’s so true.
- Sunday Funday: too many layers for May, but fewer needed than yesterday. The run didn’t feel as easy as last week, but again the only stops were for water and some minor stretches and it overall felt solid. The gravel of the reservoir > pavement and maybe I’ll try for the bridle path in a walk/run next weekend.
I don’t have a plan for the week other than to attempt the Skirt Sports 5K over the weekend. Last week 3.7 was “easy”, this week 3.4 wasn’t so easy. *shrug*. I’ll run walk if I need to. A fun way to say farewell to a fun Skirt community. On the plus side if I don’t run it, I can wear the strong frickin’ women shirt, which I love but isn’t a running shirt.