I really need to start a revelations on the run tag, because they’ve been happening a lot.
This week’s? I love running. I’m so glad it’s a part of my life and the reason I met all of you, but I don’t like it when it takes over my life. I touched on this in the Cost of Marathon Training coffee chat last fall, but I realized it these last couple of weeks when I got in long walks. I’d missed walking. I can now walk and run pain free (touch wood), and I love being free to just go our for a walk between running days, or if I just don’t feel like running. There’s no have to.
Taking advantage of no commute to walk and run before work and not feel like I should be doing something else when I opt to sit in a park with a book. I’ll worry about training in the fall. Next long race on my schedule is a half in February. There’s plenty of time. For now, I’m just running. It’s like reading, I love it, but don’t assign me a book because I probably won’t do it.
Tomorrow starts Phase II here. It’s not going to have much of an impact on my day to day life, but glad some restaurants will be able to open for outdoor dining. Sushi might happen next weekend if Yuka is able to do it. I quit counting how many weeks this was when I ran out of fingers.
- never miss a Monday: walked to Shakespeare Garden to meet Elizabeth for a chat. It was a beautiful June morning with a damp chill in the air. Perfection
- Tuesday: running errands, literally. Bob had arthroscopic knee surgery at HSS so I ran to get mom & I breakfast and then back to the hospital to meet her and then we walked back to the overpass to sit by the water.Around midday when we were walking up to 84th for the park bathrooms I realized there was an overpass at 71st-oops. The southern end is prettier and quieter anyway. Great office to work from while we waited to hear that he cleared recovery (all good).
- Wednesday: late start, but they opened the river path past Gracie so I was able to go that way. Flatter, cooler.
- Thursday: 8:30 AM meeting meant I couldn’t get in a long walk –well I could have if I got out the door at 6. Oh well. Short walk and then a longer walk after work to chase sunsets. Magic.
- Friday: our office was closed in honor of Juneteenth. Really appreciated this decision by leadership. Day didn’t end up quite as reflective as planned, but I did have a new vantage point to watch the river traffic. We also played a fun game of spotting me — thanks Target red bag – from 11 stories up. Sometimes it’s the little things. This was the first of two back to back ten mile days. 4.25 miles running to start the day off, and 5+ miles walking later.
- Saturday: five mile walk in Central Park with Elizabeth. Not a run walk as neither of us wanted to run today so we walked, chatted, enjoyed the flowers. 5 miles later walking leading up to some quality time reading in the park. Can confidently answer yes, there is summer in quarantime. The dust from the bridle path stuck to my sunscreen. Since I was a kid, dirty is a sign of summer. Flip flop tan also a vote in that direction.
- Sunday: about that no have to? No rule that says you have to run 3 miles if you’re d-o-n-e at 2.7 and much of that mile was a walk into headwind anyway. Muggy morning, later than I’d wanted to go out, but was in dire need of a not popping out of bed at 6:30 morning. Also was slightly dehydrated from a couple days of being distant from the bathroom and not drinking as much as I typically would. Hydrating in the shade with a book is the plan for the rest of the day.