Welcome back Fleet Week! New York City isn’t a big military town despite Military Island, but there’s something magical about these giant ships joining Intrepid at the piers. I wasn’t able to make it to the Parade of Ships, but I will one year. While Bataan is a very different era than Intrepid, nice to see her with fellow ships and not just the giant cruise ships. And if you’ve seen the new Top Gun or are otherwise a fan, look closely at the red on Intrepid’s flight deck. Yep, wrong TomCat, but fun to see this week. Haven’t seen as many sailors as I wasn’t in midtown Thursday or Friday, but the ones I have seen are babies. Clean shaven doesn’t help.
Memorial Day has a whole new meaning given the events in Uvalde, Texas. It is utterly heartbreaking what is happening in this world. I can’t wrap my head around it in the slightest. I was actually on a call about how the cultural world could respond to Buffalo when the news of Uvalde broke. There are just no words. It’s a good reminder though to hug your people and love hard. Life is too short.
While I haven’t seen the direct results of inflation in my daily life as much as others since I don’t drive a car, nor do I need to grocery shop as often, I saw it twice this week. Strawberries at $14.99 and feta cheese at $12.99. Luckily I didn’t need either (but still craving spicy feta after a team lunch on Wednesday), but OUCH!
While the general theme seems to be how is it already Memorial Day?, New Years in Rochester seems six years ago not five months. It’s not March 234th like 2020, but timing has been weird this year.
- never miss a Monday: accidentally continuing on last week’s wasn’t going to run theme, but the weather had broken over night and it was too beautiful not to run by the river. Usually Monday is an office day but I needed to be in midtown on Tuesday and Wednesday so I worked from home, which meant some after work errands. I’d actually bought the dress online but needed to return a pair of white shorts (what was I thinking!) and was thrilled to see this display. It used to be that all the colors were for mostly running, but they’ve definitely expanded into my regular clothes too. Watch out Kim, I might crash your Fashion Flair!
- Tuesday: I was so glad to have an after-hours event at MoMA to escape into after Tuesday’s news because art is such a help. Such a tool. I’m glad we’re seeing an influx of tourists, but it’s always nice to have some one on one time with Starry Night. On a lighter note, found these shoes randomly in my shoe drawer. They’re so comfortable to walk to work and it’s nice to not need to walk in sneakers and carry work shoes.
- Wednesday: late start so ended up run commuting. On the return run, which included my laptop, I realized it’s not the backpack that’s the issue so much as the laptop even when the backpack is cinched. With later daylight I can commute home and then run so it’s not A Problem so much as a nuisance. Team lunch with the other one we work closely with was good, and not just because there was fire feta.
- Thursday: return of Office Run Group with a few extra miles. It was a picture perfect evening and I felt like I could have run forever. I know these will be few and far between in summer weather, so I’m going to take advantage while they last. We did our usual five and I went up to 102 on the bridle path. I got tired around 6.5 but I had to get home. 8.5 was a little ambitious, but a run/walk is fine when it feels good. And it felt perfect.
- Friday: thunderbolt and lightning. Very very frightening! hello summer, nice to see you. Got a window between storms after work and sat by the river (easy dash home when the skies broke loose). Riverside reading x3 in one week. Life is good.
- Saturday: cloudy with a chance of meatballs, meets Bohemian Rhapsody. Two false starts out the door, but the weather finally cleared in time to run to meet a friend after her matinee show and stayed clear to walk and talk and run home. It would have been a beautiful sunset but my phone was nearly dead and I needed it to use Omni on the bus home, so I couldn’t stay out. I don’t often run the avenues, but the sandwich boards are nice words of wisdom when I do. This was a weird run. ~ 3 miles to Bryant Park which turned on my marathon radar as I ran along the north side of the library to meet Jess, the same spot that Darlene and I queued for the bus. And then later I ran up the west side and all the training memories, including the stairs at 72nd. I can’t believe that was three years ago. I forgot how the West Side has no shade, so that one definitely turned into a walk as there wasn’t much of a breeze, but good to be moving.
- Sunday: hip is a bit cranky from some strength work and increased mileage/two back to back days so it’s going to be a rest day on a bench with a book. Mental exercise is just as important as physical.
Looking forward to celebrating Global Running Day with many of you on Wednesday. Such a fun “holiday” for all of us.