The summer has been busy — in a good way.
The weather really cooperated with everything I had planned this week. I got to meet up with another blogger in RL, had a daytrip into NYC with Darlene, and Lola got her claws clipped and dremmeled and did a little agility — that’s the short story.
I’m behind at getting back to your comments — again! — but hopefully today I’ll catch up with some blog reading/commenting. This post is going to be photo intensive — next week should be quieter!
- Monday: Dogwalk, 3.5 miles easy, Emom Bodyweight from Summer Sweat Series, Ab Accelerators
- Tuesday: YFR Hamstrings, 3.5 miles easy (including 4 hill repeats and about .5 mile at tempo), Dogwalk, Bike WU (10 min), Strong Arms from Summer Sweat, Ab Accelerators
- Wednesday: Holly Mosier 10 Minute Yoga, Dogwalk, 10 Min Bike WU, Lower Body Plyo from Summer Sweat, 30 miunutes swimming
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 10 Minute Bike WU, Strong Arms from Summer Sweat, Ab Accelerators
- Friday: 3ish miles through Central Park, Walking around NYC (roughly 11 miles)
- Saturday: Charity Dogwalk & not a whole lot else
- Sunday: Dogwalk, 15 Minute Bike WU, Danette May Arms, Chest & Back
Mileage: 10 (-1.32)
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Monday was a busy day, the normal stuff plus a dentist appointment and potential jury duty. I had to get Lola walked in the morning because it was forecast to go up to 90. So I did my run on the treadmill in the afternoon (because yes, it was hot).
Tuesday my running group was getting together for our first hill repeats in the evening, but I opted out and did them in the morning instead. They went well — but then I totally ran out of steam the last half mile of my run. My legs felt like they were in cement, despite it being a lovely morning. The run turned out to be a decent pace for me, but it sure didn’t feel like it.
Hello, summer running!
I thank you for all the suggestions about my ankle, which I wrote about in my Runfessions on Friday. And speaking of weird, it’s been quite good this week. Some aching after back to back running days Monday & Tuesday. After our running tour + walking around NYC for 11 miles? Perfectly normal. Which totally shocked me!
And speaking of summer running, Friday Darlene and I went into NYC. The purpose of the visit was mostly to meet Karen @ Frenchinspiration Blog — she knew Darlene was coming; I was a surprise. While they were busy planning the meetup, I was doing my half in May and then going to Seattle to visit family, plus Mother’s and Father’s Days — it’s been a busy couple of months.
So I invited myself along, but we kept it a secret from Karen.
Darlene had booked a running tour of Central Park, so I joined her. In an odd twist of fate, our guide from City Running Tours grew up just a bit north of where we live.
Even though it wasn’t super fast (for Darlene) and we did a lot of walking, I kind of struggled with it. It was midday, although it was really a pleasant day, but you know how I suck at heat — especially when I’m running at a faster than normal pace for me. And even though we did a lot of walking, I didn’t do run/walk while running, so maybe that had something to do with it too.And maybe the hills. And all those steps we walked up and down, too.
Darlene said I should have told them to slow down, but I slowed down when I needed to (like when they were running below a 10 mm pace), and she had a really hard week (you can read about it at her blog), so I wanted her to enjoy her tour. It’s not like it was as bad as my last half, but it was a bit challenging for me.
And hey, she also got me to NYC for the first time in 7 years! And I love NYC. So I’m grateful, and yes, it was a very fun day.
Favorites of the week
Obviously, the trip to NYC was the highlight of my week. It’s been too long! And meeting Karen in RL (and we should meet again in November — how she does all that travel and remains so perky is just beyond me).
Dinner was awesome, too. And dessert. When Darlene told me the restaurant, she just said it was a wine bar and gave me the address.A few days before the trip I finally got around to looking it up. It was a wine and chocolate bar! Score. Ayza. So I saved myself for dessert, and it was totally worth it.
Saturday, despite my 4 hours of sleep, we did our local Paws in the Park walk. This walk benefits our local Humane Society, and just happens to very close to where we live. We had Lola’s nails clipped for a $10 donation.
Then we waited around about half an hour to run through the agility course. All the dogs doing it had never seen one, of course, except for us. So it took them a looooong time. I think the trainer was so pleased to have a dog who had actually done some agility and Lola had a great time zipping around the course.
And Skirtsports made both the trip to NYC and the charity walk so much easier; the happy girl skirt has a pocket on each leg and one zippered pocket in the back. That and the fact that Darlene knew where a free coat check was in Macys. We checked our backpacks (and small crossbody bag for me), but I had some bars, some carrots, my phone, my ipod, some antichafe cream in a ziploc, some single packets of sunscreen, and my keys stuffed into those pockets.
Saturday I had my phone, some cash, and my car keys in that back zippered pocket (which is why it’s sticking out so much). Dog treats, poop bag, and my ipod went into the pockets on the shorties.
And that’s a wrap!
I love to hear from you! Answer me one of the questions below in the comments, or just comment! Let me know what you think or what’s on your mind.
Any special tricks for carrying what you need on an urban daytrip?
Have you ever been to NYC? Any hidden gems you know of there?
Is your dog a water dog? Lola has made it very clear she isn’t — except for drinking it