Meant to mention this last week and I forgot. Listened to Victoria Sekely on the Strength Running podcast and it was amazing look at the role between prehab and PT and why strength training makes for better runners. Personally what applied the most to me is that I stayed uninjured. Without strength training, which included some of my PT that came out of the ITB injury, there is no way I could have run 1100 miles last year. To me, that’s more important than whether strength training makes me faster. Also on the podcast front this week: Brittany Charboneau on Ali on the Run, Marathon Training Academy: Running Injuries and Get to Know your Podcast Hosts.
Mix of milder weather (and therefore walks) and some moments where the Peloton app hadn’t yet had enough coffee. That helped too because podcasts were stacking up and it was time to make some headway. Brittany was fun, even though I’m not a Mouse person and the idea of Dopey is just… no (for reasons beyond Mouse, I’d break). And while I listened to MTA on and off through training, I didn’t know that much about Trevor and Angie so that was fun on the run.
Stealing Michelle’s “weather whiplash” term. It was back in full effect this week. This is not one of my New York today, Florida tomorrow moments. Both photos were in Central Park, about 80 hours apart. And I loved both runs. Running was very good this week which meant tapering was… not. Oh well.
I’m on a salad kick. Have no idea what nutrient that means I’m missing, but I’ll take it. I actually “cooked” and meal planned this week, which I need to do more of. I always like the results even if the motivation on Sunday is… lacking. Mississippi Chicken, minus the butter, was in rotation with the salad.
- never miss a Monday: I woke up and the wind chill was 6. I had been up way too late for the Super Bowl and did not want to go out. The result? An absolutely magical run where I felt like I was flying. Of course. Social media is split on whether that’s a dragon or a squirrel, but my eyes saw a dragon, so a dragon it is. I can see the squirrel case though too.
- Tuesday: as I said on Instagram, there was a moment when my life/feed was not all running. Got a taste of that back on Tuesday when I went museum hopping with my boss. The day felt almost like normal in that there were five previews! scheduled. There’s always a few Tuesdays like that each year. We made it to African/American: Making the Nation’s Table and Faith Ringgold: American People. African/American, a Museum of Food and Drink exhibit at The Africa Center, was especially poignant as I was in the last chapters of Imani Perry’s South to America and the cultures in the book/on exhibit overlapped, and there was something magical about standing in the Ebony Test Kitchen, which was just acquired and preserved before the COVID-19 shutdown postponed this exhibit. We’re not going to talk about patterns run amok. I also was really amazed by the Faith Ringgold show in a similar vein to Jasper Johns, these two iconic artists are still here and making work! More photos of the amazing Ringgold show are on my Instagram. I’m not ready for “back to normal”, but I missed this piece of normal. No formal exercise aside from a strength class, but lots of steps to and between museums.
- Wednesday: not warm, but warming up. Beautiful morning for four miles on the river. Could have run forever.
- Thursday: 58 degrees when I woke up. Time to go play, err, walk in the park before work. Amazing that it was frozen on Monday and snow kissed on Sunday. The temperature was still perfect after work and Office Run Group turned into 7 because what’s one more mile when the weather is quite literally perfect if a little humid? I had company because I’m still not running in the park alone after dark. Even more top of mind when The Gaborone Runner shared an account of it hitting close to home. It’s disgusting how stressful it is to be a woman runner. Thought I might see the post-full moon, but it was playing hide and seek.
- Friday: woke to a pouring rain and was so glad I could roll over because it wasn’t a run day. It cleared and ushered in cool temps, but I got out for a sunset walk (the header picture) and some errands. I feel like sunset has been creeping later in an observable way, and I love it.
- Saturday: when your taper mileage lines up with a friend’s March run training mileage, what else do you do but run together? 10K ish (can’t even blame Strava math, I got to Dunkin and my brain thought 6.16 was > 10K. Oops! Clearly needed the coffee) felt good other than calf being slightly annoying at one point. We did the road since the bridle and reservoir were rutted, icy mess from all the seasons and no one needs to twist an ankle. Am I ready for next weekend? Yes. I’m ready to have fun, which is all that matters. Honestly. That’s why I race. I’m not winning, so I want to enjoy my race. Or as NYCRuns says, win my race!
- Sunday: drinking coffee and reading while waiting for my watch to charge. I’ll go out later. Maybe. Cold is different when you’re running vs. just out for a meander, and I don’t really have any errands to do.
A week from now I’ll be nearly done with the Half.
Do I have a race plan for Sunday? Finish strong and smiling. Yeah, that’s my race plan for every race. I’ve enjoyed some podcasts recently about process goals, and I have those for Brooklyn (and maybe Cherry Blossom, except we know that pace will be photos!), but as I said last week training properly wasn’t in the cards for this race. I know I can finish 13.1 without getting injured. If I couldn’t, I’d defer.