Celebrating the fourth anniversary of us finally running together in person. It’s hard when it falls on a weekday with work schedules and the the time difference, but Liz and I always enjoy the fun. We couldn’t run at the same time this year, and I didn’t have time to do the distance, but even as we come past the worst of the pandemic, hopefully, these virtual runs are fun. I had to selfie and the angles were off so I washed the shirt and ran again in it to fix the angle. No rules, just fun.
While Liz is as much reading, as running, it’s another reason to celebrate the people running has brought into our lives. Even if there’s an ocean between us. Hoping to see some of you more local-ish folks this fall. Fall. Summer flew. I knew it would, but July 4th feels like five minutes ago.
Running? It’s August. Running sucks. I think it’s partially mental though. I’d all but decided in the lead up to the Half that I was fine taking August as recovery and I think my brain is remembering that more than my legs actually need it. I’m back into my run day routine, sort of, and that will help when the weather finally breaks. My friend and I coined them maybe miles: maybe I’ll run five, or maybe three is just fine. In the mean time, linking up with Kim and Deborah for a fun week because life isn’t all about running.
This was actually Sunday, but what better way to kick off a week than dinner with friends. Two groups of friends were overlapping by a day and we finally managed to get almost everyone together for a welcome/farewell dinner. I’m never taking little things like dinner for granted.
- never miss a Monday: I have been meaning to get to Jeppe Hein’s Changing Spaces since it was installed and I finally remembered to do it while en route to the office on Monday. While you can run through it, I did not because there would be no freshening up from that. The weather was changeable, to say the least, but still got a nice walk in with a friend after work. Nice to balance run and walking and the long daylight is the one thing I miss about summer. Sometimes you don’t need the sun for gorgeous skies.
- Tuesday: an amazing day. I don’t know if Travel Tuesday is a social media creation (probably), but it’s a fun one. We were able to take it to a new level with a field trip with our tourism development team, three international office staff and some of our senior staff. In the before times, we did these frequently but this was the first large scale “local FAM” and it was a long, amazing day. Pics on Instagram and Facebook, but we hit: Alice Austen House, Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center (including the Chinese Scholar’s Garden and Newhouse Gallery), the Noble Maritime Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, National Lighthouse Museum, St. George Theatre and Empire Outlets. It’s one thing to read marketing materials, but another to see the places in person. We had great view of the Statue on the way back to Manhattan, but this sunset sky? Absolutely magic. The sky too was representative of the day-planning for ran but we had mostly sun. We laughed that our totes were full of ponchos and umbrellas when it should have been sunscreen. Was glad I was wearing pants though despite being a dress convert because I did trip and fall once. Nothing a Dairy Queen stop couldn’t fix and luckily the sole casualty was the pants.
- Wednesday: I still haven’t made complete sense out of our hybrid work schedule, but summer is a huge piece of that too. I worked from home in the morning before heading into midtown to celebrate a colleague’s lunch. There was a tight turnaround before a meeting so I went to the office to take it. Hybrid on the micro and macro level? The weather was less sucky than forecast so I ran/walked home. This was the mental game. Knee is fine. It wasn’t that humid but while I wanted to run, I didn’t want to actually run. The sunset though? That was a ten.
- Thursday: annual field trip to Katonah to visit a friend for lunch and see what’s on at the Katonah Museum. Tradition Interrupted was amazing and it’s always great to spend time with a friend. While office run group took an August hiatus due to consecutive vacations, I got back in time to do a quick reservoir loop. I mean, how could I resist?
- Friday: a low key day. Two days away from my desk meant a lot of catch up and we had intermittent storms. We need these days for all the reasons.
- Saturday: so many plans for this run. I nearly jumped into a CP 10K but it sold out before I could, which was probably just as well. Got out later than I wanted and had to cut it slightly short to get to breakfast on time but 4.5 miles, pancakes with friends before they went to the airport and an afternoon reading in the park. Calling that a good day.
On tap this week:
- Short week as we extend the holiday weekend to prepare for very busy fall. Time for one or two last summer hurrahs. But Alaska recap is almost done and will be posted Tuesday. Manifesting it into being.