This time last year, I was finishing up classes at Columbia Law School and getting ready to graduate. I was nervously anticipating the bar exam, while eagerly looking forward to the second half of the summer and my planned travels. I had absolutely no idea how any of it was going to go. And now? A good friend from law school and I had brunch last weekend, and she said she felt like ten years had passed rather than one, that she wouldn’t even recognize her old life. I understand what she’s saying. So much happened just this month that it felt like longer, and as for the past year, I was right about one thing back then. I had no idea that my life would be what it is today.
Just this month itself felt long. I ran the Scotland Run 10K two weeks after the New York City Half Marathon, and the MORE Half Marathon two weeks after that, so I was literally on the run week after week. The change in weather from the cool rain of the Scotland Run, that had me racing home and waiting at my door for my fingers to un-freeze before I could unlock it, to the bright sunshine of the MORE Half, made me a little more tired and dehydrated the day of the latter than I might otherwise have been. Luckily I had an afternoon of excellent refueling afterwards.
We practically experienced three seasons in as many weeks, which also made March seem forever ago. It’s crazy that one week prior to the MORE Half, snow and sleet were coming down as we drove to Philadelphia. Yet there we were after the race, wandering Central Park in shorts soaking up the rays.
That drive to Philadelphia took place the weekend between the two races, which we spent at my boyfriend’s parents’ house down the shore. When you go from race weekend to out of town to race weekend, there’s so much activity you feel like there must have been more time elapsed to have fit it all in. It also means you need a little break, which is exactly what I got this past weekend.
My eats during our beach weekend, and my rungry Sunday, were delicious indeed. I loved discovering new-to-me spots like NoGlu and Treat House in New York City, and accompanying my boyfriend to his childhood favorite Mariner’s Cove. Workdays were a lot more routine.
I took the time to reflect on my relationship with food, how it’s changed for the better not just over the years but in the very recent past. I got some new favorite songs stuck in my head for spring. I wound up with a monthly mileage total of 109 including my races, the same as in March, and thought about why I want to keep racing fun.
I’m really looking forward to May. We’re headed to Maine for a little getaway and I can’t wait to show Brett some of my favorite spots, including a lighthouse and an ice cream scoop shop (are you surprised at all?) and I’m planning a surprise for his birthday later in the month. Memorial Day weekend in Ridgefield is one of my favorite holidays. Then it’s summer 🙂 Anchors aweigh!
Biggest difference in your life between one year ago and now?
Highlight of your month?
What are you looking forward to in May?
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