It has been so long since being away over a weekend necessitated doubling up on a weekly run down post. As much as I love my city, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed escaping for a long weekend. Family, apple picking, a porch to sit/read on, a patio to eat on… City life is my home, but sometimes, especially when I haven’t left the city in six months, suburbs are therapy. I was glad we could find a way where I could safely visit with Mom & Bob, although it was nice to get home and remove the mask for a while.
There were two races this weekend and I’m curious to hear how they went. I’m not sure I’m ready for a group run yet-even one with many tiny waves – especially as the infection rate has inched up here. But I hope for NYRR and NYCRuns’ sake that they go off without a hitch.
Alas, I didn’t have a chance until this second Sunday to write this, so some details are lost. Linking up with Kim and Deborah, and promising a reading catchup too. I did learn this month that while I don’t love hills, I can do bridges and they won’t kill me.
Week of September 14:
- planned missing a Monday due to needing a down week. Got to enjoy the new chair to watch the Giants lose. Again. On the plus side, taking out my AC and getting a fall hued pedi ushered in some lovely running weather.
- Tuesday: usual morning five mile loop is a little more peoply with some schools back in session.
- Wednesday: it gets dark early! After work meander.
- Thursday: off. Early and late meetings.
- Friday: off. First two days off in a while. Not for need, but because I was escaping and didn’t get up on time. Unlike Thursday, which was a complete off day, there were some apple picking steps and a walk into town for dinner. Friday night board games has always been A Thing and we weren’t going to let Covid get in the way, especially since mom finally found the rules to Tribond, which we loved as kids.
- Saturday: part of the reason I took off Friday was that I wanted to run the new TZ Bridge while home. It is stunning, if breezy on a fall morning. I can’t speak as a biker, but the path seemed wide enough that everyone could use it without crowds. Early morning hours helped. The rest of the day was applicious. We had a failed apple jam turned rock candy, but there was apple pie, better apple jam and much eating of the overage.
- Sunday: actually tried to watch from the porch since it was so nice out, but there was too much glare. Giants lost, again, and I had a gelato bet to pay on from Monday’s loss so Mom & I walked into town before I went home. I won’t lie – if I’d brought my laptop, I’d probably still be there. It was so
Week of September 21:
- never miss a Monday: this run drifted to after work, but that was stunning twilight and reminded me of while I became a morning runner in quarantime, after-work runs can be lovely too. One of these days I’ll be out for both sunrise and sunset.
- Tuesday: the other reason I needed to run the bridge Saturday and not Sunday was I knew I couldn’t run Tuesday with meetings that went from 830a-9p. Hello chair, ass fusion.
- Wednesday: luckily no early meeting and I scooted out for a slightly shorter than normal run, but it was so good to get a move on. For the second day I made udon in the instant pot. Could they have turned out more different?!? Both edible. I finally found a pharmacy with flu shots in stock and got mine done.
- Thursday: another early meeting made for an after-work run. I don’t usually run the river in the evening, but it worked out better timing wise, and I enjoyed nature’s water color. The return loop south was kind of challenging from the headlight glare from the FDR. Definitely need a better solution if I’m going to do more riverside evening runs.
- FriYAY: what does Friday mean anymore? Trying for a little normalcy with some Friday museums, which were always a habit. I was pleased to see there were tickets available for AMNH, and I went to spend time with some of my favorite dead friends. And yes, some social media silliness, because life is too short not to be silly. While I loved suburbia, this was a clear why city life is good for me, I decided to go to a museum and walked there after work. It’s not impossible in the city, but it’s not as easy either.
- Saturday: itching for a different run. When I ran to Queens over Labor Day I passed the bridge to Roosevelt Island and wanted to, but knew I didn’t have another three miles in my legs that day. Friday night I plotted a route that would get me to RI, which I hadn’t run in three years. The run was great and luckily cooler than the Squirrel Stampede. This public art project was a pleasant surprise as I thought it finished in August, but was extended and I just caught it before it comes down at month’s end. My math and route planning were slightly off, so one loop of RI left me with eight miles, which was just fine. Timing was perfect and I caught the ferry home. I really love the new Astoria extension. I do not love this Zensah mask, even in cooler temperatures. It’s fine for shorter distances, but not eight miles. I’ve definitely become a bridge and ferry person in these times. After a long stretch, I went for sushi. Pleasantly surprised to need to wait – I’m so glad they’re busy. The city just extended outdoor dining year-round and I really hope this works for all the restaurants.
- Sunday: going for a walk to stretch tight hip before watching all the football. Some things are just the same as last year. ETA: went to JackRabbit looking for resistance bands as I lost mine somewhere between mom & Bob’s and my house. Found this quad loop which looks amazing/intense and exactly what I need as even if I go back to the gym, not using shared bands.