What an interesting and unusual day it was! We reached a high of 72 degrees, tying for the record. It being a Saturday, everyone and everybody was outside - on the sidewalks, on the stoops, and especially in the parks.
Like the 13th-15th sections of Rite of Spring, there was little organization and a whole lot of life just happening. It was as if the hippies and bears had all broken their hibernation for a moment to soak up some vitamin D. And judging by the display of pale skin everywhere, they needed it!
I tried to keep my run to a 5K today, really I did. I just don't want to do anything stupid and aggravate my shins or knees before next weekend. At this point, either I'm in shape enough to last a half-marathon, or I'm not. I think I am, though it will not be easy (are they ever?) and as previously noted, will not be a PR.
But the park beckoned so strongly and it was so nice to see so many people out, especially the kids. Lately on my runs, it has been easy to imagine I am the only runner in the city, but not today! I reached the park and continue on into it, for the first time in a couple of months. (Honestly, I should have done a long, FLAT run today, but what the hell.) I didn't do the whole park loop, but took the short crossover then went up the big hill, back over to ninth street and down to the grocery store, for a total of 4.25 miles. A little longer than intended but aside from some twinges in the joints, no harm done.
I did have trouble on the hills today. It wasn't an energy issue, but perhaps a combination of being dehydrated from yesterday and the high humidity in the air today. I coughed up a ton of junk.
Anyway, though we've also set some record for the longest period without snow, we are supposed to be snowed on by the end of the month. We'll see, eh? Guess I'll have to stop in this week and pick up some salt for the sidewalk out front and put it and my snowshovel in the hallway.