The highlight of a good week. This has been the reason so many office run groups have been noted as a schedule conflict. But it all paid off as the NY/NJ bid moved forward as a host city for 2026. So glad to celebrate the announcement in person at a watch party in Liberty State Park.While I like Met Life, I wonder how different this and the Super Bowl would have been if the West Side Stadium had been approved. I still don’t think we’d have gotten the 2012 Olympics, but the city’s sports landscape would look very different. If you’re also a sports/tourism/infrastructure nerd, Dan Doctoroff’s Greater Than Ever is a great read that talks, among other things, about the Olympic bid.
Not a huge soccer fan, but I played it growing up and got sucked into the mania around 1994 when the US last hosted. Also enjoyed the festivities with Osaka as a co-host with Seoul when I lived in the former in 2002. It’s going to be a fun lead up to and celebration in 2026.
When you go back two weeks, and not even Strava is a huge help! I brought my laptop to mom & Bob’s so could have been on track, but… o:) So let’s give co-author credit to my camera roll. Linking up with Kim and Deborah to share the Cliff’s Notes version.
Week of June 5:
- Strava and Instagram tell me I ran home from work. I don’t know why I didn’t run to work, but I ‘m guessing a late start? All’s well that ends well because I wouldn’t have gone past Fred in the morning. I’ve been running the bridle path more lately and my knees are so appreciative. Grateful the ITB flare has mostly settled, but cushioning is always good.
- Tuesday: one of those “there isn’t one thing, but six going on” days. Public Art downtown, a Lou Reed exhibit on the Upper West Side. There were Insomnia Cookies for dinner, I regret nothing!
- Wednesday: humid run. Probably one of the last feasible run commutes as “freshening up” only gets you so far. I whined, but I also ran. I call that winning. I walked home via bib pickup for the Women’s Mini and enjoyed an evening in Central Park.
- Thursday: office run group, cooldown walk after I ran into two friends in the park. Cut the run short, but in person friend time is so worth it.
- Friday: speaking of. Pre-Mini dinner with Sharon, a friend Darlene and I met in Bermuda. Somehow we did not get a photo, but we did get some chocolate at the Hershey store. You may not need to carbo load for a 10K but you must always chocolate load!
- Saturday: women’s mini, which I recapped here. Then headed up to Mom & Bob’s for some porch time. Well really for Scott’s belated 50th, but porch time is always good! Finished the amazing How She Did It and sat on the porch until a mosquito found me. They have a great bug zapper but those critters are determined.
- Sunday: did someone say porch time? More reading, essentially until we went to a late lunch. Did anyone else have this Cheerios bowl in the mid 80s? Scott’s birthday was in February but with omicron and it being too cold to eat outdoors, we punted to last weekend and had a wonderful celebration of him.
Week of June 12:
- couldn’t ever miss this Monday: had to get up early to commute as I stayed over night Sunday, but was actually excited to get up at 5ish for a trail runrise. There is truly no better way to start the week. And then Central Park heard my challenge and rose to meet it. Also on the challenge front, a friend asked me to do 800s with her and I liked I said when I agreed with Ali and Shalane, I want to say yes to stuff. Now I am in no way no how in shape for 800s and she’s faster, but we played tag as I went out 45 seconds ahead of her and it was her job to chase me down. Does it get any better than kicking up dust on the bridle path? Maybe the sunset, but that’s about it. Oddly? I’m looking forward to doing it again.
- Tuesday: welcome back Museum Mile! Fifth Avenue is closed intermittently between 82nd and 110th for public programs and crafts and the museums were open free/late. Picture perfect summer night.
- Wednesday: the first of two yuck runs. Didn’t hydrate well enough Tuesday because I was walking museum mile and it was more humid than I expected. Called it good at 5K. Luckily it cooled off for a beautiful evening in Central Park watching fireworks and listening to the Philharmonic.
- Thursday: Run was rained out in the morning, and the evening was the World Cup announcement . Luckily I made it back to the city in time for a late dinner with Darlene. A great diner but fitting name given the multiple guesses at what time I’d be back. I’d say it was sad not to run together, but that’s our normal.
- Friday: hello garbage run two. Didn’t even make 5K. Bear must have good sense of smell. Rest of the day was amazing as I spent the afternoon with some current and former colleagues.
- Saturday: redemption run. Temps in the 60s and windy. Could have run for days. The 8.5 miles felt like 8 minutes and were a total 180 from the garbage swamp runs. There was nothing wrong with me — just the weather. While I didn’t think there was, it’s always nice to get proof. Brisk winds, so I sat on the stoop and read a book. Best upside of long daylight, all the reading. Now only 9 books off pace. Let’s see how much of that I can make up this summer.
- Sunday: still wonderfully mild. I think I’m taking myself to see Jurassic World: Dominion because if we’d asked that of Dad the answer would absolutely have been yes. I’m actually almost positive that the 2nd one opened on Father’s Day weekend.