There is nothing like summer in the city and you can take this one of two ways. The first is much more enjoyable – the feeling of waking up to full daylight and walking outside until the sunsets after 8. The other is that when the humidity hits, man it hits hard. You are walking around hoping you don’t sweat through every single item and praying that the smell of the trash doesn’t seep through your clothes. I know I just painted a lovely picture and if you’ve experienced NYC during this season, you’ll know exactly what I’m writing about.
What if share all the articles that I have resonated with me over the last two months? Well, that’s exactly what I did so enjoy. 🙂
Oh hey there. Looks like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve dropped in and I swore I would never be that person to just “check in” buuuuuut here I am. Where have I been? Location wise it’s stayed the same – New York/East Coast. There was an itty bitty trip to California last weekend – my first in 6 months – but more on that later. The point is that I haven’t been very present on the blog and I’m trying to work out what that means for me. My job is one of the many million in the world that requires me at a desk underneath fluorescent lights. While it’s a good environment, it means that I don’t always have the drive to come home and plop down to sit in front of another screen. I know that I don’t have to apologize for not posting but it was really making me feel guilty. So, this is me posting to tell myself it’s ok not to post all the time. 🙂
It’s GLOBAL RUNNING DAY! As I’ve probably noted before, running has been a part of my life for a solid 10 years. I wasn’t the most athletic person growing up, even though I played sports as a child. Year after year it was soccer but it wasn’t until middle school when I started to try. Well fast forward 10 years, 2 marathons, 17 half marathons, and countless other races and I’m still running. It’s been my therapy, my friend (and how I make friends), and it’s been there through thick and thin (just like my quads…funny? Not funny? Can’t tell). While I’m pretty sure I’ll never have the legs like I did in high school (ahem, that was high school), I’m proud of where my legs have brought me and continue to carry me.
Well, we are almost through another month of 2017 and with today being Friday, we are oh so close to a long weekend! Of course there are about 5 people in the office right now and all of my agencies are closed. But that doesn’t mean I can do a little research and get ahead of the game (…or blog). 😉 So let’s get ready to ramble.
I’m actually very excited for the weekend since it means a weekend away from the city and a weekend full of relaxing. Typically when I take vacation or a personal day off, I stay active and go go go. Even on most weekends you can find me gallivanting all about the city. Well, after some time that adds up and I think I’m in dire need of some R&R. I know that even if I stuck in the city, I would get swept up and would still be going 100 miles per hour and would end up even more exhausted on Monday. So instead, I’m heading down to a part of the Jersey Shore where I have family friends and plan to just relax all.weekend.long.
So, Ragnar Relay Cape Cod. Where do I even begin? The fact that I ate more bread in a four-hour period than I had in two weeks (I’m talking heavenly delicious blueberry granola bread from When Pigs Fly)? Or that I got a total of 3 hours’ max of restless sleep? Or that I had three of the hardest runs in my life (or last four years) and pretty much was crying on leg #3, my second 9.6 trek? Or that I had an absolute blast and couldn’t stop laughing the entire trip?
Yeah, I don’t know where to begin either so let’s just start at the beginning. As I mentioned last Friday, I had completed a few of these Ragnar Relays in the past. As a matter of fact, I completed the Wasatch Back Relay, which was the inaugural Ragnar (it started back in 2003). When you tell someone that you are voluntarily paying to run between 15-22 miles and sit in a car for 24+ hours, they will probably think you are insane. I tried again and again to explain what would happen and why it was fun but it turns out you can’t comprehend what will go down on one of these trips – no matter how many posts and articles you read – until you have completed one.