Nothing to do but to keep it movin’

In terms of running, there isn’t anything too exciting to write about. But, I will say that I’m still going strong with my run streak so that’s something.

From time to time, I have mentioned that one of my new year’s resolutions was to run 2021 miles in 2021 through NYCRuns virtual challenge.

Update for NYCRuns 2021 Challenge

Obviously at this point, 2021 miles is not going to happen. However, a fellow blogger, Liz Dexter from “Adventures in reading, running and working from home“, gave me a wonderful idea. Rather than running 2021 miles, I can run 2021 kilometers. Once again the metric system is winning.

Speaking of the metric system, I do not know why the U.S. cannot get on board with the metric system like the majority of the world. I mean, converting between different units is WAAAAYYYYY easier using the metric system than using the imperial system.

Getting social:

I have mentioned on a few occasions that I want to engage more with NYC’s running community. A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about attending a fun run with the Run & Chug group. Last week, I decided to check out Front Runners NY’s running clinic.

Although I have been running for quite some time, it’s nice to take a step back and revisit some of the foundations of running. Since I do not know many of the Front Runners (even though I’ve been a member of the group for about 4-5 years), this clinic gives me a chance to start meeting some of the newer members and work my way up the “social ladder”. One weird thing, I was a bit surprised that I was the only Black runner out of about 50 or so folks in the running clinic.

A small pet peeve:

Ok, I get the point of these types of events is to get to know other folks. Here’s one thing that gets under my skin. Why must we do around the room, individual introductions for events with more 20+ attendees?

  • Most of the time you cannot really hear the person talking especially when folks are wearing masks and socially distancing outside.
  • You’ll probably remember only three people’s names.

I think this is more of a pet peeve for work meetings. It’s an issue for work meetings because these introductions take like 20 – 30 minutes, so you have to rush through the meeting’s agenda. I would rather meet for less time instead of doing these long introductions. FYI, most will know that I’m not a fan of long-ass and unnecessary meetings. As a matter of fact, I purposely have arrived late to some Zoom meetings just to skip these unnecessary introductions.

Something new (bouldering):

I decided to bite the bullet and hit up my local bouldering gym. Or is it a bouldering center?

Bouldering, The Cliffs at Harlem

First, it is WAY harder than it looks, but I had a BLAST and cannot wait to go back.

Bouldering, The Cliffs at Harlem

The next day, my forearms and fingers were KILLING me, and I have quite a few blisters on my right hand. But, they say no pain; no gain.

The Cliffs at Harlem has a pretty amazing deal for Harlem residents:

  • A free climbing session to get a feel for the place.
  • A 30-day unlimited pass, which includes two intro lessons and free equipment rental, for $49.
  • An off peak (before 4 pm) rate of $89/month with the $99 initiation fee waived if you do the 30-day unlimited pass. Since I’ve been working out during my lunch break, rather than stuffing my face with food, this off peak deal is perfect for me.

Speaking of equipment, I had a bit of an LOL moment during my first visit. The attendant asked me for my shoe size, and I told her that my running shoes typically are 11.5-12. She was like for bouldering you want your shoes to be very snug and gave me shoes that were 11 and 11.5. Three try ons later, we realized that I needed a size 15 (the largest size they had) for my big ol’ feet because I have an issue with girth and not length (that’s what she said).

Bouldering, The Cliffs at Harlem

Question of the day:

Any interesting book (preferable nonfiction) recommendations?

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3 comments

  1. That sounds like a really good deal and nice way to change up your lunch workouts! I can only imagine how sore my hands/wrists/fingers would feel trying something like that… hope you keep enjoying it!

    I haven’t read any nonfiction in awhile but my husband has been going through a lot of biographies lately and really enjoyed Michael J Fox’s most recent one, Matthew Macoaughaney’s (I know that’s spelled wrong, too lazy to look it up) and he’s currently reading Barack Obama’s.

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    • Do not forget about the soreness in your forearms. Yesterday, I ripped off a bit of skin from my hand. In the climbing/bouldering world, they call it a flapper. 🙂

      I think that I’m still in the queue for Obama’s book.

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  2. Thanks for the shout-out and glad I could help!! As for non-fiction recs, have a look at my blog, two I’ve just finished are Wilding by Isabella Tree and Digging up Britain by Mike Pitts and both are highly recommended. Also Adharanand Finn’s The Rise of the Ultra Runners.

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