Yes, I think this might actually be spring, not false spring, second wintering, etc.
Mother Nature seems to think so as everything is blooming even after last weekend’s deep freeze. Even as someone allergic to all the things that bloom, I love all the spring colors.
It was a good, albeit busy, week. If you missed it, my Half recap is finally up.
- Sunday: I was supposed to run 10, which has turned into 9 a few times. As I waited for it to warm up, I was determined that wouldn’t happen again and began to plot some routes since I did not want to do loops in Central Park. With MLB lockout having lifted and Opening Day around the corner, there was really only one option I seriously considered. It was time to go to the Polo Grounds. It’s the perfect half marathon training run at 9.5 ish depending on route, and while I’m too young to know those Giants, I LOVED dad’s stories. Well, no leaves on the trees and I get a peekaboo view of Yankee Stadium and well, I knew this wouldn’t be an out and back. Detours over Macombs Dam to Yankee Stadium and up Frederick Douglass to Polo Grounds home plate marker and I arrived home at ~ 12.5. Fittingly to close out Kim’s #WeekOfPi, that was also 4Pi. There was some walking, but this was a confidence builder heading into crunch time for the 10M and Brooklyn Half.
- never miss a Monday: office day due to an in person meeting that got cancelled halfway into my commute. I decided to stick with the plan and was treated to a beautiful sunset on my walk home. Despite ~2.5 mile walks each way I was super stiff after a desk day.
- Tuesday: shakeout run to test the ITB, hips, quads. All the things felt mostly good. Capped the day with an afternoon “meeting” in Central Park when my wi fi went down without enough time to go into the office. Love that there’s wifi near the Delacorte when it’s needed.
- Wednesday: museum-ing! I love the Frick Madison. In their temporary home in the Breuer building, the art isn’t fighting with the architecture to be seen. I fell in love with El Greco’s work when I was a sixteen year old in Spain and on this one day, the Frick allowed photos. We were there to see their new temporary installation, but someone was hanging with the old masters. They have a room dedicated to Rembrandt! <3
- Thursday: return of the office run group after a few weeks of schedule conflicts. Lovely to run in a skirt and long sleeves, but the misting fog was legit. My newish Aftershokz aren’t the headband the old Blues were, but the glasses make a good one since I couldn’t see through them anyway. This run was solid.
- Friday: really trying to keep the easy days easy to whack the ITB into submission. Delicious after work walk chasing cherry blossoms and some quality people watching on the great lawn. Spring in the city is the absolute best.
- Saturday: all the things are blooming and my allergies are flaring, so if I had to describe a pace for this run I would call it sneeze. It wasn’t a great run, although it was gorgeous out. Was just shy of 8 and debating pushing for 9 when I landed weird and felt a pain in the back of my right foot. Decision made. I walked home and it mostly felt fine, subsequent walk to and from dinner was pain free. I think it was my body reinforcing the decision the brain was leaning towards. 8 is fine and there’s no need to chase perfection.
- Sunday: spectating the NYC Half on this beautiful day.
Spring Fling next weekend with some friends. Two weeks out from Cherry Blossom and five weeks from the new Brooklyn Half. It’s going to be a great spring!