I love running, and running was so much better this weeek since it cooled the hell off, but still always true.
Finally looked in the swag bag from Saturday. Well worth the race fee, never mind the medal and the tee shirt. In case you missed it, I actually made it into a weekday linkup and shared my thoughts on the 2021 Women’s Mini.
“With her children in school, Anna sewed high-end women’s clothing in factories that paid by the piece. She gave no quarter to dishonest bosses – who, if they didn’t like it, could “go scratch what itches them” – and relished the role of translator for and guardian of the other Italian-speaking women.”
Grandma would have turned 100 on June 21, 2021. If anyone is having a beverage today or this week, have a toast to Anna. You’d all have loved her. Here’s what my brother wrote for her obituary when she died on January 23, 2017.
- never miss a Monday: I wasn’t sure how this run would go. When I met a friend Sunday for a run/walk or “whatever our legs felt like”, the answer was not a run. Knee was tender from Saturday’s race so we walked about six miles. All good. I tested the knee Monday and it felt good and the run was EXCELLENT. Not one bit of sarcasm, I love running in the rain.
- Tuesday: “joined” Kim to mark her 200th run. I can’t do live classes without a data plan, so I stretched and warmed up while logged into the class and then headed out for some Turtle time. While I plan to walk most mornings when we return to the office, I’m going to miss my turtle rendezvous. Spotted the Twinkies at 7/11 after work – isn’t the joke that they last forever? How can they ever be limited edition? I foodfess that I never tried a Twinkie until college, and I’m not a fan. Give me Yodells or Ring Dings any day as a kid. As an adult? Entenmann’s crumb cake and cinnamon powdered donuts.
- Wednesday: a total 180 from Wednesday, and the fenced off section is growing. There is funding allocated and a project planned, but I think it will be a long time before we have full access. As a runner, it’s OK as there’s a grass berm to the left, but it’s getting dangerous for cyclists. I met one of the City Council candidates a few weeks ago at the Ferry terminal and this was the issue we discussed. She’s a long shot, but it’s good to know someone important sees it as an issue.
- Thursday: office run group was a schedule casualty due to an amazing/crazy week. I can’t complain as a later run allowed me to go north and chase a sunset (and get chased by a duck).
- Friday: our office was closed in observance of Juneteenth, which was true even before it became a state holiday last year and federal holiday this week. It was great to see museums so busy with people taking advantage of a day off for some education (and probably also the air conditioning!) A friend was in town and we planned to meet at Fotografiska, which opened since she was last here. The exhibits were stunning and the idea of a former chapel, now bar, whose VIP room was the former confessional is bizarrely wonderful. After our museum-ing, I headed up to mom’s for the night to toast Grandma. We had a lovely dinner on the River and mom had her Brandy Alexander. I was happy with my other grandma tradition: ice cream soup assisted by Mother Nature.
- Saturday: the weather said it would be overcast, so I did not get up for sunrise. The app lied! When I walked out around 7:30 it was mid 60s and 87% humidity. I fully intended to call it good at the turnaround that would make it 5K, but then I found my groove and the shade helped. Needless to say I did not run down to the pier as I’d either have had to climb Ash Street (no thanks) or run back along the river in full sun (ditto). So I swallowed some bugs and came home a sweaty mess. After a shower and brunch at Stateline Dinner, I was as above until late afternoon when the heat index was utterly oppressive and I moved into the central air. 70/90/70 is zero acclimation.
- Sunday: last day to early vote, and just realized my polling place (different to last year’s early voting) is the Met. Guess I’m voting early, because how could I say no to that. Maybe some other errands, maybe just reading outside since the weather isn’t terrible. Miss you Dad!