A friend posted a challenge on Facebook to focus on the good instead of all the doom and gloom around Covid-19 and I loved that idea. It’s like that great Mr. Rogers command to Look for the helpers. They are there, and for me personally, it helps to remember that it’s not all bad news.
Most relevant here?
- The morning walks.
- Seeing friends more easily on work days.
- Deciding it’s going to be way too fucking hot to run long-ish on the weekend and running six miles before work on Friday.
I know that I’m extremely lucky to be healthy and working full time from home, which makes all of these possible. Runs before work probably won’t be a consistent thing once we’re back in the office, but I’m hoping to keep up the walks in the form of my commute.
This week I felt like I should be wearing some disco gear. We had 70s mid week and it was glorious. Alas we’re paying for it now with the 90s, but I think I’d make that trade off as the middle of the week was perfection. This was a super busy week at work – all good – so it was nice to have this weather to allow for active time before.
- never miss a Monday: there was a lot of moving runs around this week. Since I ran Sunday, the plan was Tuesday/Thursday this week as I try not to run back to back days. But I knew I couldn’t run Tuesday to my dentist appointment as I didn’t want to throw off the thermal scanner, so Monday it was. Nice way to kick off the week. While I haven’t been posting many cari cooks photos because it’s been a lot of the same, this week I tried couscous.
- Tuesday: I won’t lie, I was a little nervous about the dentist. Not the cleaning itself as I trust their hygiene, but getting to midtown, going into a high rise. Not getting into the mask debate, but I actually felt I was more risking them than they me as the hygienist was wearing a face shield and mask and I’m just free breathing. I have no reason to think I’ve been exposed, but still. I walked to the office and took the bus back as I had a meeting. I didn’t feel at all unsafe on the bus as the other passengers were well spaced and masked, but I should have walked as traffic is definitely back in Phase 3. Not ready yet for the subway.
- Wednesday: second of four glorious mornings this week and I got out for a lovely sun breaking through run. Lunch was not as inspiring and I’ve decided couscous is a one meal thing as even feta and white pepper didn’t do much for this cousglue. Live and learn.
- Thursday: picture perfect morning in Central Park. Elizabeth and I met up at Alexander Hamilton and meandered around to visit with the turtles before we both had to work. I had a half plan to run after work to allow for a Saturday run when it was going to be less gross than Sunday, but that fell through. Morning activity definitely works better for my current schedule.
- TGIFriday: does that really have a ton of meaning anymore? It doesn’t for me as it’s all blursday. I knew summer was coming so decided to take advantage of this slightly cool morning and get in my long-ish run. Also, I <3 running in the rain, truly. Not so much waiting for races to start, but out the door and go? Absolutely. It cleared nicely later and I had a stunning if steamy reading room to dive into the newest Daniel Silva.
- Slugurday: I turned off the alarms and slept in. Well, not exactly. I still woke at 6 something and said Nope. Slow start to the day, which was necessary. Some morning errands with a stop in the park to read (The Order is done, review TK this week) and wait for shade until I headed north to the rest of my errands. Trying to find a new floor lamp is fun. Not. Well it kind of is in the sense of a scavenger hunt, but I don’t really like shopping and did want to see them before I bought, but I might give up and go to Amazon. On the amazing side, I was in two Targets and only spent $10. Unheard of!
- Sunday: I was very curious where I’d land on super hot days when I don’t have to run. Today? Up at 4:30 and out by 5 because it was already 80 and 70 something % humidity. I had the alarm set, but would i have gotten up and gone out if I hadn’t already had a terrible night sleep? Unlikely. It was so worth it. I slogged through four miles,came home, had a shower and turned on the AC for a nap. Yes, I gave in. Part of the reason I think I’ve been better acclimated to summer (existing, not running) is I’ve mostly not been in AC vs the usual stores, work, restaurants. After last night’s lack of sleep? The AC will go on. Plan for the rest of the day is to see mom briefly to bring her & Bob coffee, and sit in the park and read for the breeze. Some consistency with “normal” summer is needed.