Happy Monday from sunnyish New York City. I have had a great week here so far and my legs and body are reminding me that this is one active city. Between running, walking to and from places, and work I have averaged between 17-20 miles most days. That is one thing I love about this city. It is nearly impossible to be inactive here.
When we arrived earlier this week the temperatures were rather chilly. I thought it was a cruel joke because as soon as we left Chicago it warmed up there. And while we were working outside all day, every day, the temperatures in NYC remained stubbornly chilly. Fortunately the weather has improved and this past weekend was a beauty.
Saturday was a bright and early one because Rock had to get an 18 mile training run in before some afternoon work. I decided to get up and do 7 miles myself. I don’t know how he managed but he pulled off a pretty strong run despite some of the worst winds I have ever experienced. At one point during my own run I was going past a track meet at Icahn Stadium and the wind was pushing me so hard I had to struggle to stay on the path. The wind actually kept pushing me to one side and I repeatedly kicked myself in the ankle. I admittedly shouted a few profanities at the gusts since I was alone on the path and no one could come to take me away to be evaluated! (I was yards away from a psychiatric hospital so I am sure no one would have even flinched.)
Since Rock was busy working the rest of the day I decided to wander over to our old neighborhood and get a haircut from our neighbor. After visiting with her and getting the gossip on the hood I did what any wife would do while their husband was at work in NYC, shop!
I wandered down to Midtown and checked out a few maternity stores. I stopped in Bloomingdales and a few other shops and then ended up at a boutique on the Upper East Side that was going out of business. Everything was marked 80% off so I had to make some purchases. It would have been silly not to.
On Sunday the wind was supposed to be much lighter but I personally believe the weather reports were lying. I saved my “long” run for that day because of the lighter wind and warmer temperatures. It was perfect training weather in the low 60’s and partly sunny. I am coaching a group for an upcoming half marathon in mid-May and I want to make sure I am also prepared for the big day.
The run was made much brighter thanks to a return to my old running shoes. I made the switch a few weeks ago to Brooks. I so badly wanted to like them and I gave them a good try. Unfortunately my legs were just not loving what they were doing for me and I missed the support of my old Asics.
I had one of those perfect runs where I felt like I could have kept going for hours, except I ran into Rock and Zach and I had to stop. Yesterday was Zach’s big 14th birthday so I took a break from my run to say hello to the boys and wish our favorite young runner a special day.
We of course celebrated a lovely Easter too. I made Rock the perfect Easter basket complete with all of my favorite candies, some fuel for his training and the perfect gift for any male runner, nipple Band-Aids.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! Did you experience the brutal wind on your runs?