with a Florida vacation making up much of the latter. It was a delightful disconnect with no laptop, but I’ll have my race recap up soon.
GoTheDist February 2022:
- 378,460 steps
- 177.52 miles run/walked
- 90.55 miles run
Thanks, mild February. Ten more miles running and 48K more steps than last year. Not even the post-Florida quarantine as that was mostly March. Glad to have more walking weather in general. Looking forward to more outside weather overall for more reading, I am way down on the year even with three books read last week.
Week of 2/21 subtitle: all the weather.
Yeah. Not doing a day by day run recap. Tapering continued to be good and it was wonderful to run in fewer layers earlier in the week and visit with friends without jumping up and down for warmth. The ice storm that followed was gorgeous and unexpected. Why yes, I did “sneak” downstairs between meetings to get photos of the tree outside my building. It was also wonderful to explore Governors Island without it being for a race – for one it didn’t necessitate getting up quite as early. As I did in November for Malibu, two days off running before the Half is perfect. So grateful too for the return of dress weather. Who Am I?
Week of 2/28
- never miss a Monday: I didn’t run, but I didn’t plan to the day after my Half so I didn’t really miss it. Instead I got up at 3:30 to head to the airport. I can’t even say I was escaping winter as it really has been mild. Upon arrival I walked into town for a pedicure and then swam and did some light pool running to stretch out the legs, which were feeling pretty good post flight/race. My Achilles was a little annoying and grateful to Coco and Jessie for their input on stretches to mute it.
- Tuesday: my first Florida run is almost always to the beach (~ 3M round trip), but my legs weren’t feeling the intracoastal bridge and I decided to give them another day so I just ran around their neighborhood. Didn’t have a distance plan, but felt done around 3.5 and that was fine. Later that day we went to Darlene’s favorite Green Cay to see how it differed from my beloved Wakodahatchee. Stunning variety of birds and flora.
- Wednesday: normally a running day, but I made the conscious decision not to run back to back days this week and it was a good one. (Also, not driving for three days!) Mom and I ran some errands and when the rain tapered off, we walked the Women’s Day virtual “race” around the complex in case the rain returned as it had interrupted a morning attempt. Photo indoors because Florida humidity = Florida hair. I also took advantage of their fitness center and did a couple of Peloton cycle classes. I’m not a comfortable or strong cyclist, but that was fun rest day activity.
- Thursday: legs felt good and I did my ~ five mile loop to the municipal beach and back. It was super humid and I was melting when I returned, so my cooldown was in the form of some pool running and stretching. The legs were tired toward the end of the run, but a car ride restored them – luckily – because there was no way Mom and I weren’t climbing on this picture-perfect day. As Deborah mentioned, stairs are evil weevil even when we’re fit, but it was so worth the adventure. Somehow I’d never been to Jupiter before despite several visits to the Loggerhead Rescue center in nearby Juno. We had a quick visit there, but they only had one patient as they’re about to reopen.
- Friday: when you don’t run every morning, you go sit on the T Deck and watch the world wake up. Rest of the day spent reading poolside. Is there any better vacation day? I definitely differentiate between active vacations (cities, usually. Lots of culture and sightseeing) and restorative ones. This was definitely the latter, and it was exactly what I needed ahead of the transition back to the office and another busy work month. Reads this week:
- Megan Smolenyak’s Hey America: Your Roots are Showing fabulous, dated technology wise due to being a decade old. I started this before I left but finished Monday so I’m counting it.
- Claire McNear’s Answers in the Form of Questions must-read for Jeopardy! fans
- Jenn Mann’s Traveling with People I want to Punch in the Throat, wonderful poolside trash. Better than her holidays one.
- Frederick Joseph’s The Black Friend, social justice and anti-racism work for the younger reader and dedicated to his younger brother, but I really found it compelling
- Sarah Kendzior’s The View from Flyover Country, haven’t finished yet but mostly done and such a good look at the situations of the last decade from a middle America POV.
- Saturday: I didn’t have a distance plan. Thinking 6-8 would be fine and keep me on track for April 3. I have a standard eight mile route, but I detoured by about mile one when I realized the clouds were breaking for a sunrise and how could I miss one last runrise for the trip? Detour was the name of the run as one bridge was out, and there was construction on another road, but I made it work and always enjoy exploring Delray. Like one prior Florida run, this involved a mid-run Gatorade purchase as the humidity was real and I was not acclimated. In truth, I should have gone out earlier if I planned to go long, but that’s what convenience stores and Apple Pay is for! Post run we went to Gumbo Limbo since the folks at Juno told us they had lots of turtles, and they did. Also loved the butterfly garden. Such a wonderful oasis.
- Sunday: really powerful Rashaad Newsome installation at the Park Avenue Armory in the middle of post-trip housekeeping. Re-entry was gentle thanks to a mid 60s day. Oh hello March you wonderful gremlin you.