While I have no idea how Christmas is in literally a week, I’m slowly getting festive. I have a Twig hiding somewhere but in the mean time the Christmas spirit is coming from an awesome penguin advent calendar supervised by one of my Christmas dinosaurs from Manhattan Toy. The only downside to the recent apartment rearranging is that the dinos can no longer make “accidental” zoom cameos.
Despite taking it easy in August and an uneven November and December, a thousand miles on the year is alive.
the other goals for 2022? Mixed bag. As Old Dominion says, that’s a song for another time.
I’d say the goal drove my runs for the week, but really it didn’t occur to me until Saturday when I decided to update my tracker for the first time since November. Oops. But hoping it’s a good motivator for this week’s runs as I’ll be away much of the following without control of my schedule. It’s a challenge, but a manageable one which makes it a really good goal.
- never miss a Monday: it was COLD and I didn’t want to run, so I didn’t even run commute. I did bring my clothes and, as I said in a text to two friends, I have to get home, so I might as well run. I’ll runfess, I don’t love the Trot Happy hat for 20 degree wind chills as it’s not particularly warm, but it is cute. These tights and that Brooks shirt don’t match anything so might as well put them together. The Brooks jacket is surprisingly opaque for a white jacket and does make the outfit look slightly more put together, as if I cared. Winter is just perfect for !never match since there are so many layers not to match with.
- Tuesday: remember the sinkholes? They’re back. Was working from home and had to scout it out. I could blame that for a run cut short, but the path is still open until just north of HSS where they’re doing unrelated construction. If I’m being selfish, if they close it, I won’t miss this run the way I did during full WFH, but it’s a huge loss for the neighborhood-one that has nowhere near enough green space. And yes, I realize the hilarity of referring to a paved path with trees as green space. We’re meant to be along the water, and coupled with the massive construction in East River Park, that’s not really a thing on the East side. You can’t really see it, but the green peeking out is the race shirt from the 2019 NYC Half that is a regular base layer. Trying to get my festive on but sometimes it’s just too cold.
- Wednesday: planned no run morning as Mo and I were meeting up after work to “run” the holiday lights. Not knocking our pace, just the reality that with the crowds it’s impossible to run. But really, the run was about catching up and seeing the lights. Wouldn’t trade a single photo, cris cross of the streets for a second faster. Between this being a walk/run and knowing I had two days off later in the week I wasn’t worried about running three days in a row.
- Thursday: off, work holiday party. Second event this week at the StarChild rooftop. The views are stunning but I have no photos since it poured for two days straight.
- Friday: still raining.
- Saturday: I didn’t know what I wanted to run. This has been an ongoing challenge of late, but after two soakers I knew I wanted to get out and play, and that the bridle path would be kinder on my knees. So I decided to go chase a sunset. No sunset, but lots of winter cherries and antics from Fred the hat stealer. Mostly pain free with some stops for pictures and stretches. 5M long run isn’t a bad base to start half marathon training with in January.
- Sunday: time to start holiday shopping. What better way to get to the Columbus Circle holiday marks than a literal walk in the park? This is actually my only in person shopping, and it’s fun. Although also dangerous in the sense of “ooh, someone would like that” impulse purchases. My quads? Did not like that after PT work last night, a nicely passed walk and then a cold holiday market meander. Don’t worry quads, you’ll get the gift of a foam roller.