My God, I kind of really want to hear this. Can you YouTube it?!
The morning started early with the hustle and bustle of last minute preparations for our flight, Chino’s stay at doggie camp and last minute packing and apartment tidying. (Who doesn’t love coming home to a clean apartment? Am I right?)
After arriving at the airport, making our way through a security line that snaked all the way across the front of the Delta terminal and to our gate, we paused to have a bite to eat. I have been checking the weather every day for the past week and a half to be sure that weather wouldn’t cause any issues with our departure from the island, and I knew that there would be storms in New York today. We were fortunate enough to board our plane, sit in line on the tarmac for about 20 minutes and about 5 minutes after our pilot’s admission of his doubt surrounding our actual takeoff because of our position in line and the weather, we were airborne and heading south! Thank you air travel gods!
Upon landing we were whisked away to swim and sun and drink to our hearts’ content.
Oh, hey Oberon! So nice of you to wait so patiently in that cold fridge for us!
After swimming and sunning and reading was dinner. Tonight’s dinner was at the beach, and this was our view:
Now we’re winding down and getting ready for bed. There’s a wedding tomorrow and I believe there will be tea, coffee, scones, strawberries and clotted cream, and a whole slew of other deliciousness awaiting my arrival in my finest formal jammies in the living room.
I woke up this early morning and dragged myself into work to quickly run my experiment before spending the entire glorious day with birthday boy Drew! We started out with a short brunch at our favorite downtown breakfast spot, Izzy & Nat’s. I had a mimosa and my usual, the challah french toast.
After we ate, we decided to walk the block and a half to the World Financial Center, where Drew had noticed some gorgeous flowers during his earlier walk.
This picture really doesn’t do it justice. It was romantic and was the perfect compliment to a beautiful morning and the great weather. We then took ourselves northward, to Soho to do some shopping. With the upcoming trip to Florida (3 more days!!!) I felt it necessary to pick up a cute maxi dress from Uniqlo. We continued our wandering, we spotted some more pretty flowers, and found ourselves at home right around the time that it started to cloud up.
Now, we’re home, and we’ve eaten dinner and baked cookies and we’re sitting on the couch enjoying the rain and the occasional lightning and thunder. Running tomorrow to get rid of the jiggly bits I’ve accumulated over the weekend… Ooof.
I hurried home from work to grab Chino and take a walk. It is absolutely beautiful today in New York City. The day started off foggy and a bit dreary, but man oh man, what a wonderful result!
Look Ma! No coat!
Smiley puppy at the dog park!
Oh, hey there Lady Liberty!
This may be the first and only Brightroom picture of me during a race that has ever turned out.
Woooo! NYC Half Marathon Finishers!
After getting to work early this morning and working into the afternoon, I got home and took a quick (and much needed) cat nap. After waking up I decided that it was time to lace up the sneakers and head outdoors for my 5k pledge to Run for Christchurch. Check it out! Red and black right down to my laces…
Being that I am in taper mode for the NYC Half Marathon next Sunday, and omitting a long run seems to be a huge and uncomfortable break from routine, I ended up doing a 6 mile run (instead of just the 5k) over to Battery Park and then up the Hudson Esplanade and West Side Highway.
It was a nice day for a run and there were a ton of other runners out. It appears that spring has arrived in New York and today’s 50 degree (10 Celsius) weather and extra hour of daylight gave everyone plenty of reason to head outdoors. It was a bit windy and as I was running the “out” portion of my out and back, I comforted myself with the thought that I would have a tail wind to help carry me home. Mother Nature had other thoughts though, and the wind was suddenly absent. (What a tease!)
Wave to Lady Liberty! (Confession: I couldn’t take my phone with me on my run and I’m using a photo I snapped when I was training for my first half marathon last fall, but my running route and these views are far too spectacular to not share.)
I saw so many people in red and black and each time I smiled knowingly. I can’t be sure that they were running for Christchurch. It’s entirely possible that a ton of New Yorkers are really fond of red and black and decided that today was a perfect day to wear that black and red rugby shirt while they took in the sights along the Hudson, but I’d like to think that they were running and sporting red and black for a reason. It’s amazing how the running community unites for great causes. Whether it’s programs like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, running with Nike and (RED) to raise awareness and money for AIDS awareness, or an amazing, international grassroots movement to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Christchurch, runners show up consistently. I’m proud to be a member of a community willing to put themselves out there to support and raise awareness for such worthy organizations.
This morning’s run took a sleepy me all the way up to just a few blocks north of where I work, across the Hudson on the George Washington Bridge, and northward along the Hudson in Palisades State Park.
I wore my new jacket and a few layers underneath. I ended up ditching the fleece before getting under way because the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous, but still a little chilly this morning. It was waiting for me to throw back on after the run and I was happy to have it while I was on the train.
I started the run with the 10 minute pace group and we made our way - single file - across the GWB toward New Jersey. It was pretty chilly up on the bridge with the cars whipping past and the wind picking up. This portion of the run kind of solidified my love affair with the jacket Drew got me.
When we got to Palisades State Park I was thrilled with the scenery! It was a gorgeous morning for a run and the paved paths certainly didn’t disappoint. There were a few slick spots where ice hadn’t quite melted, but it was mostly dry. The path winds north right along the Hudson, and it is very pretty.
With the exception of a few packs of cyclists, there weren’t many other people who weren’t with our group out there. I ran without headphones and at first, the silence was deafening. (I forget what quiet is with the constant woosh of cars, honking and sirens in the city. It’s become white noise.) I could hear the swish of my arms against my coat, my steady breath and my shoes hitting the pavement beneath me. I settled into it and was thankful to be able to enjoy the quiet.
Before we set out, I had planned to run 11 miles. I haven’t been good about running this week and I thought it would be good to tack on an extra mile or two if I was feeling up to it on today’s long run. The coaches cautioned us when we set out though, that those of us who were scheduled to be running 10 miles would feel like we had run 12. The course was quite hilly. I ended up running 11.25 miles and I’m really feeling that last one. I have a gross blister that Drew insisted I should not take a picture of to post and I had some Achilles tenderness that I had to stop and stretch out once or twice. It was a great undertaking, but it was an incredibly enjoyable run.
*My apologies for blurry/grainy photos. I snapped the pictures on my blackberry as I ran along (like a complete n00b) and while I love my little phone, it doesn’t take the most stunning pictures… I just wanted to document my foray into Jersey.
First of all, HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Today’s weather was perfect for a race through Central Park. Drew and I showed up in a very slippery Central Park this morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Runners were encouraged to wear their favorite team’s finery, so I donned my Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh t-shirt. (I confessed to Drew as we walked to the starting line that I felt absolutely unstoppable as I represented the Suh Squad.)
As we got started, I regretted not wearing my gloves, but by the end of mile 1 I was glad I had left them. It was a lot of fun to see so many jerseys and teams represented. Other than the jerseys and pageantry, there wasn’t anything too unusual about this race. I felt really strong and was aiming for a sub-40 finish. My official time was 37:48 and I feel like I did a good job representing my Lions.
Now it’s time for a nap before cooking and making our way to a friend’s place to watch the game and stuff our faces! Squares will be posted around 3:00, so keep an eye out! :)