I didn’t take my laptop on vacation, but had the best laid plans of crashing a post last Sunday. That did not happen, and then I never really caught up during the week, so linking up with Deborah and Kim for a highlights rundown.
As we’ve all been saying, the humidity has been horrific this summer. While we were lucky this last week with a reprieve from 90+ temperatures,80 and 90%+ humidity isn’t a peach either. Sunflowers helped, especially with the overcast skies.
Week of 8/9
- Thursday: first of two awesome Stowe runs – the Stowe Rec trail which I have run in 2018 and 2019. This time, instead of running into town, I headed to “find” (I had a map) the north end thinking it might connect to a road to avoid running back up the hill to Trapp. It… did not. I ended up running a little more than six and walking the mile and a half UP the hill, I regret nothing and it was gorgeous. Nothing too be gained from overdoing it, and my body appreciated the down week. This was Bob’s 80th, so we had lunch at the brewery and a nice dinner after some cake in between. I was very glad the guest house did not have a scale! It was unseasonably-unstateably? hot this week so while Vermont runs were fun, they were earlier and warmer than I like.
- Friday: Fitness center doesn’t open until 8 which was a little too late to get in a good workout, so swim/pool jog with the kids and some meandering downtown was it. It was so wonderful to be back in Stowe and spend some time with family.
- Saturday: happy trails to me! I actually wasn’t sure whether this was going to work out — storms were predicted and as backup I had a treadmill bootcamp preloaded. The storms, but not the rain, held out and I got in a wonderfully muddy five miles with chickens, cows and sugar maples as I meandered around the Trapp trails before we drove home. Trail souvenirs that aren’t from a fall are always wonderful. I spent Saturday night at Mom’s before heading home, and we worked on my Project Repat quilt, including the shirt I ran the marathon in. I can’t wait to get it in time for quilt weather.
Week of 8/16
This ended up as a slight down week as I tweaked my hip running the trails and then sitting in the car for seven hours. I ran the usual Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, but fewer miles. Taking it easy mileage wise, and lots of walk/stretching was the right decision as it felt perfect on my long-ish run Saturday.
It was a really good week though with a few extra days off work, time with a visiting friend and a day trip to Katonah for lunch and museums with another friend. The normal days feel so special after this crazy year and a half.
Speaking of special, August 16 marked twenty years from when I moved to Japan for a post-college job. Moving overseas where I knew virtually no one and didn’t yet speak the language really taught me that I could do anything and accidentally shaped my career in that the follow-up stint in Australia taught me that tourism could be a career. So grateful to this random job ad and successful application process.
Saturday was the only run worth noting.
Due to schedules and then the rains from Henri, Liz and I couldn’t coordinate running at the same time, but we definitely wanted to mark the three-year anniversary of our in person meeting/run as it was so much fun last year. I did make one that was a more believable high five, but I also wanted her plaque, so might was well just embrace the spirit of running together. Books and running bring the best people into my life.
I was missing running in Central Park, but that wasn’t going to be an option with all the prep for the Homecoming Concert, and I knew I wanted water fountain access so the Randalls Island loop it was. It’s an easy 8 miles to, around and from the island and while the island was busier than normal due to everyone avoiding CP and folks training for fall races, “normal” is super quiet so it didn’t feel busy at all. It was mostly overcast from Fred and Henri, and I went out slightly later as well, so I didn’t get the sunrise skies from my last foray. The same public art was on view, although I traded wild lavender for wild parsnip. Who knew that merited a caution sign?
All in all a good run, and today I don’t plan on leaving the apartment thanks to the rains from Henri. Might have to put on the boots to see just how flooded Carl Schurz is though.