Re-reading an old post, I stumbled on this Instagram post where I commented on running making me a morning person. Never more true than this summer when I fell in love with runrise. I won’t lie, glad to be able to sleep in a little later with (slightly) cooler temps and later runrise, but that was something fun to learn about myself. I’ve also realized with some recent evening runs that holy crap, I can’t sleep after running. No wonder I’m generally sleeping better since transitioning to morning running (COVID anxiety aside).
It also led to August’s crazy mileage: 91.46. Another bump on last month’s most ever while not marathon training. 17 days running, a couple back to back, ranging from 3.1 – 9 miles with most in the 4-5 mile range. I was thrilled with this month.
- 461,624 steps
- 206.78 miles run/walked
This week I also celebrated my work anniversary. 13 years. Never thought that would happen when I began as an intern. Not because I wasn’t happy, but I was 27. Who thinks they’ll be somewhere for nearly half their life? Never more grateful than this year with all the staff cuts related to COVID19. One of my favorite campaigns that we worked on was called #SeeYourCity which, as it sounds, encouraged New Yorkers to explore their own city. I decided to do a little of this on the anniversary to visit a new installation at Socrates Sculpture Park. Could I have taken a 5m ferry ride? Sure, but what’s the fun there? Definitely the first year where I haven’t done anything for the summer long weekends, so decided to add a little exploration to this one.
I never marked my three year runversary in January since I was injured so this turned into a little bit of that too as I eagerly route planned. I’ve run the 59th Street bridge since the marathon, but never coming to Manhattan from Queens so that was a pretty awesome feeling, even if my legs were more trashed at 8 miles than they were at 16 ten months ago.
Between comments from some of you, and talking to local friends I realized a hair cut wasn’t more risky (personally, not judging anyone else’s comfort level) than other things I’d been doing. I LOVE IT. The length is the same as my last haircut, but I let her put in layers, which I used to hate but now kind of love. It’s still about three colors, but we’ll see how that grows out. Kind of relishing having not dyed hair for the first time in almost 25 years.. until I get bored and color it again.
- never miss a Monday: relatively cool and less humid morning made for an “easy” five miles to close out August. My days are much better when I get out the door early, although that was harder this week because I wasn’t getting enough sleep.
- Tuesday: speaking of not getting out the door, I didn’t even make it to the Met which is my morning minimum. The day was rescued by a run after work to kick off September.
- Wednesday: another day without a morning walk. Clearly I need the sleep, letting my body have it.
- Thursday: office run group. We’ve found a loop that allows us to meet at a decent halfway spot that nets ~ 5 miles for both of us. Nice to catch up even if we don’t think weekly is going to work.
- Friday: I texted my boss on Thursday to ask if she’d done the Met yet. She hadn’t, and we made a plan to meet Friday to see the Jacob Lawrence and Making the Met shows, but also really just to take in being IN THE MET! I don’t usually spend hours, but like I said on Instagram, I realize how much I took being down the street for granted. No formal exercise, but museum steps and then a lovely evening sitting by the water and reading. Want to take full advantage of those before evening light is gone.
- Saturday: aforementioned workversary and nine mile long run to Queens via Randalls Island. This pic is one of many walk breaks on the ridiculously long Randalls Island-Queens pedestrian path, as is the top photo. The view is worth it, not sure my legs agree. When I saw the final pace I wasn’t happy, but then I realized it was inclusive of all the walk breaks especially on 59th Street, which I essentially walked with running interludes. The flat and downhill ones were great and indicative of what I’d been thinking — the 12/13s in summer were weather related more than ability. Although if I can run pain free forever? I’ll take the 12s. I really haven’t done hills so my legs saying OH HELL NO to the bridges makes sense. I’ve never run this part of Queens before, and it was great to see/do something different along with the western perimeter of Randalls Island. Can’t wait to explore more of that in the coming weeks with fall weather. Rest of the day was sushi and riverfront reading. Loving Dan Doctoroff’s Greater Than Ever as parts of it overlap with our office’s work (our CEO reported in to him during his tenure as Deputy Mayor).
- Sunday: off. New ferry route goes to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which means Wegmans! Think I’ll sit in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a bit and read by the river from a different angle. This week is going to be busy and I want to enjoy the down time.