but this year? It felt even more chaotic. I do love what I do, but sometimes it’s a lot to balance. Trying to get back to weekly updates and more caught up on comments.
There were new shoes:
I had been eyeing these as soon as they came out, but had never worn any of the Brooks styles they came in. I ordered them as soon as I got home from the Brooks Run Club event where I tried the Glycerins, but somehow managed to not wear them until this week. They were an excellent reward for my COVID booster which I ran to and from. My one quibble: the laces are very short so not sure I can keep using the last hole, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Booster wise, I feel good. Tuesday my arm was really sore and I slept ten hours, but I was pretty much fine by 48 hours out. Moderna x 4 for anyone info gathering. I don’t know that I like the Glycerin better than Ghost, but nice to have an alternate if it comes in a particular pattern or color.
There was training:
I’m really enjoying the workouts from the Team Wilpers challenge. Hill workouts are a necessary evil, but I’m really enjoying the strides as I build my mileage back up. I still haven’t decided on whether I’ll do another Half before the NYC Half in March, but I have a 15K in December and would love to be strong for that. I hadn’t done hill repeats in three years, and the location for last week’s (sunrise above) made me laugh because as soon as the opened the section of the promenade, I talked about using it for hill repeats. Nothing like a challenge to make me do what I should be doing less than five minutes from my front door. Might have to take this week’s to Cat Hill for the required length, which should be a fun challenge given the amount of Cat Hill avoidance I do on the regular.
There were sunsets:
Some running at weird times: Roosevelt Island was Friday afternoon and the CP one was a Saturday night when I intended to run Sunday, but part of balancing fall is getting the runs in, not necessarily perfection in scheduling.
There was time with friends:
The old normal is still refreshingly exciting after these last two years. I know COVID isn’t over, but I really missed spontaneity. Plus, it was a beautiful day to watch the Giants actually win a game in person!
Some time out of the city
Eighteen months without a haircut. That’s long even for me. It’s my usual length but she cut in some layers that I like – or think I do until they turn out not to be wash and go. The city has been absolutely bonkers with the UN General Assembly, Global Citizens concert and it was good to have some peace and quiet. And the hint of fall air since fall running is the absolute best.