I am not super familiar with Pokemon Go, but I remember when it was A Thing a few years ago. I didn’t realize that was still true, so I was taken very much by surprise when I ran into Go Fest on what’s typically a fairly sleepy Randalls Island. That, and 62 degree temperatures! made for a fun long-ish run, a sentence not often said in August. Linking up with Deborah and Kim to talk about the last couple of weeks.
Last week was our annual trip to Stowe and it’s really fun to have time away/together. I see mom & Bob with some regularity but usually when I see my brother, sister-in-law and the kids it’s a birthday or the holidays – nice to have a trip where we have no external forces and can do whatever appeals-like corn mazes, gondola rides, mini putt and Return of the Jedi on a rainy night. Running is always more fun when it’s 58 degrees-even humid, and there’s just some magic in not running on the asphalt.
I continue to run a mix of the gym and outdoor when home. I don’t mind the treadmill and see it (and the rower on off days) as valuable tools, but I prefer to run outdoors -probably always will. Was grateful to see Saturday’s forecast of 62 with a wind and I can honestly say I’ve never had a more fun August NYC run. OK, I lie – Wegmans on the cusp of opening during one of my 20 milers was fun, but that was a different kind of fun.
Am I ready for the Bronx 10 miler? Absolutely not. Can I get through it without injuring myself? Yes. 8.5 was tiring but not so that I couldn’t have pulled another 1.5 out if I needed to – especially on race adrenaline. Going to try for 9 next week so that vacation is a taper. I really thought I had a weekend between my return and the race. Oh well. And yes, Hal Higdon app absolutely yelling at me for inverting my runs.
The well-known, full-size dancing hippo moved from Lincoln Square to Pershing last year, but I was walking home from dinner and pleasantly surprised to stumble on a smaller set Wednesday night. Art can be serious, but it can also make you laugh, which this and the Stowe critters do annually. Book of HOV was an accidental stop on Friday when a friend and I went to Brooklyn to see the Pablomatic show at the Brooklyn Museum and decided “why not” walk down the block. Having just seen the Hannah Gadsby exhibit, the library screens playing Picasso Baby was amusing. We’ve been doing a ton of work on Hip Hop 50 and I love the messaging of the exhibit – local boy done good – so it was fun to enjoy the exhibit in a non work context. I’m not a huge Jay-Z fan, but Empire State of Mind is a fun throwback to when my Yankees weren’t the Stinkees.
I loved running on the trails but I don’t regularly run back to back so after a run / walk to warm up and row, I took advantage of the hot tub before the long drive home. Priceless. Mom’s porch is my favorite place to sit and read, but it was a scorcher so I retreated to my other favorite. That was the den/playroom growing up and now it’s a bookworm’s playroom. Brooklyn Public Library recently made all NYS tax payers/workers eligible for a free digital card, but you have to go in person to get a “real” library card. I had no plans of doing so – I’m not there frequently enough to borrow hard copy materials – but when we went to Book of HOV. There’s a souvenir Book of HOV card but to this 80s child, there was no question.
Recent Reads I Enjoyed:
- Where Are the Children Now? I first found Alafair Burke when she co-wrote a series with Mary Higgins Clark, and I love that she revisited one of my favorites.
- Bernie’s Mitten Maker, a fun/quick read by the woman behind the mittens heard round the world at Biden’s inauguration. Jen Ellis had given them to Senator Sanders years prior through his daughter in law who ran her daughter’s childcare center. Vermont is small town, and glad to buy this from a local book shop in Burlington.
- Slow AF Run Club, I didn’t love this, but was glad to get to read it. I enjoyed his take on the running world and it would have been very helpful when I was starting out.
Any recommendations that you’ve read?