while january is the beginning of the calendar year, i consider labor day weekend an unofficial kick-off to a brand new year. i’m largely absorbing this year’s “new year” though my family since next week nolan starts his first day of high school, and todd begins a new semester of teaching. i’m twitchy with anticipation! after trudging through a particularly swampy summer, i’m looking forward to chilly weather, sweaters, and apple picking. this is all very premature, of course. nyc takes longer to transition into autumn weather than it does where i was raised up north. getting all psyched up like this right now is like immediately biting into a sizzling slice of cheese pizza. shit needs to cool down first!
northern california provided the perfect kind of weather for running last week–70 degrees, sunny, and almost no humidity. i’m missing it already, but i can be patient. nyc will dry off and cool down soon.
later this afternoon, i’m going to head over to run the central park loop, which should slap 6.1 miles on top of thursday’s mileage.
i’ve run the loop in its entirety twice, but the third time i was out there (on national running day), i petered out and shortened it to four miles. the midday heat and humidity immediately sapped the energy from me just two miles in. having been accustomed to the cushy treadmills at the gym during the winter months, my shins felt like shattered glass with each step i took. that’s what i get for upping my mileage on pavement without using the 10% rule. this time around, i’ll take it easy, racking up the miles as i move my way through the park.
going on these kinds of runs require a little bit of preparation on my part, but mostly in the playlist department. over a few cups of coffee this morning, i mashed these songs together for today’s run. feel free to follow the playlist below and use it on your next excursion. let me know if you have any tracks that you can recommend. i’m all ears.
edited to add: my weather.com settings were still set to give me the forecast upstate (which called for great weather), so it turns out i’m being rained out of running central park today. i heard the rain tapping on my AC unit as i pulled my running backpack on to walk out the door. there’s supposed to be scattered thunderstorms by the time i get to central park. how disappointing. guess i’m going to have to stay local and run the 6.1 miles through the drizzle in my hood instead. central park will have to wait until next week after work!
saturday’s short run ended up becoming a fantastic speed workout, which is good for solo runs, but not for runs you originally planned to be doing alongside your partner. i’d like to apologize to both todd and his knees for being THAT running partner yesterday.
to preface, i love running with todd. when we’re out and about together, it feels like we’re on an adventure, and since we’re both approaching forty, we have the added bonus of bonding over the little aches and pains accumulated from these excursions.
to back it up a little, prior to heading out on our saturday run, i switched up my usual shoes to my neglected pair of new balance minimus running shoes. i hadn’t worn them since last fall because they were a little too minimal for me at the time. i was particularly excited to go back to them after all of the training i’d done over the winter and spring to better condition my legs. when we set off, i was feeling the perfect trifecta of adequate hydration, light legs, and pent up energy to burn.
on beautiful, sunny new england days, i could be found squirreled away in my bedroom with the shades drawn low. so low that you couldn’t tell if it were day or night. and while the rest of humanity busied themselves with healthier hobbies, i sat on my bed for hours, obsessively manipulating piles of cassette tapes into pure art. and really, the next best thing to getting the perfect combination of songs together was the making of the cover art.