July came in like a furnace with heat indices over 100 and ended with a 60 degree morning run, and no I’m not in Stowe (yet). This won’t last, but I treasured it on Saturday. I won’t miss the summer heat, but there’s something carefree about summer, even amid COVID-19 that I will miss.
There are many reasons I’m so glad I “discovered” Brooks last summer, but the best was knowing I could take my new shoes (more below) on that for Saturday’s long run, and I was correct. Just as comfortable as my broken in ones.
Another solid running month, 105.09 miles (and steps too, despite the lack of walks). Those bonus miles on two days paid off as 100 came without much extra work this last week. I’m at 653.54 miles on the year which is amazing. Am I officially half marathon training or still base building? No idea, but I’m incorporating hills on the long runs so I’d lean toward training, at least when it’s not ungodly hot. I was pleasantly surprised that my electric bill was only $45 as it felt like I had the AC on all the time. I really think my old fridge was an electricity hog so the AC is just making up for what I’m saving.
On the reading front, fourteen books including five from #20BooksOfSummer, bringing me to eleven I think for the challenge. I won’t finish it, but am pleased with the books I’ve been able to read. Reading and running are my escape, and I’m grateful to both in different ways.
- never miss a melted Monday: as beautiful as Thursday-Saturday were, Monday wasn’t. Called it done at four miles as I wasn’t as hydrated as I should have been.
- Tuesday: continuing in the month-long theme of a lack of morning walks, I didn’t. However, I got in a bonus walk in when dinner plans cancelled when I was almost at the restaurant. It happens, especially in this crazy year. I hadn’t walked through Times Square other than quickly to an event, and it was weird but fun. Was so pleased to see our World Pride ad still up from 2019 and there’s always something about Broadway marquees that grabs me. It was one of the reasons I had a short fling with Tumblr.
- Wednesday: creature of habit much? Not only have I run almost every Wednesday morning since work from home began, but I do the same route a lot. This is my “short” route, south to 80th, north to 114 and back for ~ 4 miles, usually ending at 7 eleven for coffee. The weather was beautiful and that was my only run in the 11s all month. Proud turtle! After work I headed to Brooklyn for the opening of a Public Art Fund project. Ferry schedule was better than normal and I had time for a Lizzmonade, which always makes me happy, as does a sunset ferry ride home.
- Thursday: office run group was thunder stormed out, but I found a window that wasn’t quite as long as my planned run. I love running in the rain, so didn’t mind one bit, especially because Balega socks are magic! The best part of the day though? My phone blowing up when it was announced that Wegmans is opening in Manhattan! I was very glad I’d stopped on the way home from Brooklyn for a sub, otherwise I’d have been cranky. The Navy Yard one is accessible, especially with the new ferry route, but not really functional for groceries so this is going to be amazing.
- Friday: a morning walk happened, because I decided to go into the office for the first time. There were only three of us there in a space for ~ 120 so it felt comfortable, although I finished my coffee outside and opted not to remove my mask while inside (building air more than colleagues). Can I just say, using a PC after Mac only for 16 months was not fun. The keys are in the wrong place! Am impressed with the building as they opted to use this time to upgrade the elevator access to not have to push buttons and hopefully, better flow to floors. Still wish they’d allow us to use the stairs. I’m glad I went in once before we’re expected back (timing TBD) so that I got used to the new experience. Was also good to clean out junk mail and other random things. The Robert Indiana HOPE sculpture was installed on September 11 a few years ago, and definitely seeing it with new eyes now. After lunch with a colleague (the whole reason I went in), I indulged in a little Jack Rabbit retail therapy (new shoes, three pair of Balega socks for less than the price of the shoes, so how could I not even though I just bought another pair) before meeting a friend for dinner at Pier I. The sunset was underwhelming, but can’t have a bad outdoor day, and always good to see friends.
- Saturday: Dad’s anniversary tribute run was lacking in baseball-or forts. It wasn’t exactly that I set out to do another tribute run, but Judy’s photos of the Walkway Across the Hudson and some recent conversations about the Polo Grounds and Brush Stairs had me headed north. Much of the northbound route was similar to the southbound detour of the 2017 Great Saunter-and I still didn’t get the picture of Hamilton Grange! I hit the 15K mark on a loop around Heritage Field, the site of the former Yankee stadium. I had no plans on ending there. It only hit me as I headed south from the High Bridge and realized Macombs Dam was right there and duh. Hi, Dad. I first walked Macombs Dam in 2013 and ran it in 2018, but as a Yankee fan from birth, I have a long history with that bridge. The run wasn’t traditionally pretty, but I love the views from the High Bridge, and there’s something about walking through history and communing with ghosts, which I felt when I first “found” the stairs in 2015 and when I walked the reverse almost three years ago to the day. Dad was a Yankees fan, not Giants, but I remember learning so much about the relatively adjacent stadiums and this was just what I needed. After a stop home to recharge and shower, I headed to Governors Island for the Climate Museum’s opening. Where did I end up? In a fort, of course. Fort Jay wasn’t open when we were there for the 4th, so it was fun to explore that. Even aside from the moat, it feels way more like a traditional fort than Castle Williams. The day ended with a ferry home, sushi and two books. I am a creature of habit, and the tribute day felt right even if entirely unplanned.
- Sunday: meeting mom to museum while Bob has an appointment, and then late lunch/early dinner with them both. Legs need the day off after yesterday’s adventuring.