You know you’re a runner when…
…you wake up at 5:30am on your day off to run in “feels like 15” degree weather because doing a bridges run sounds like fun.
In case you didn’t know, I am not a morning person. I have to force myself to go to bed at 1am, and if I’m in before midnight, something must be wrong. However, Elyssa, Daniel, and Maria were talking about their Friday morning bridges run (it’s pretty much what it sounds like…running across bridges!) last week, and it sounded like fun! I had to work last Friday, but this Friday…home free. So I set my alarm for 5:30am (ouch…) and went to bed.
I’m not going to lie…I was very disoriented when my alarm went off this morning. I had no clue what was going on and it took me like thirty seconds to realize that:
1. That noise was my alarm going off.
2. Yes, it was supposed to be going off that early in the morning.
3. I had a run to get to!
I grabbed some peanut butter toast and a banana and ran over to the subway. For the record, the UES is pretty dead at 6am. So is the area around the Brooklyn Bridge, as pretty much only runners were out. Crazy! Elyssa was the first to arrive, and she brought her camera, specifically saying, “Because you always say that you should bring yours but you don’t!” So true. However, I don’t think any pictures were taken. Guess I’ll have to do another bridges run…
On with the run! Maria and Daniel showed up shortly thereafter, and we headed over to the Manhattan Bridge. The path took us through Chinatown, which was pretty much vacant! I guess not many nutty people are out at 6:30 in the morning. Running across the Manhattan Bridge gave a pretty view when you turn back and look over your shoulder…awww. The company was good and the morning chatter definitely made getting up early worthwhile.
As soon as we got across the Manhattan Bridge, I threw my arms up a little and exclaimed, “My first time in Brooklyn!!” My five year old qualities were also exemplified when I squealed a little upon seeing the Statue of Liberty. Hey, I’m still new here, okay? We ran along the water which gave a fabulous view of Manhattan. I also got to experience DUMBO (you know I love elephants, right? ha!) and the cute area of Brooklyn Heights. I’m admittedly quite jealous of Elyssa’s view from her apartment!
We headed back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge…fabulous views of Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge is quite a sight in itself! I am really quite impressed with how pretty southern Manhattan is. Camera definitely needs to brought along next time, especially since the sun was coming up as we were in Brooklyn! I do love running in this city.
After we got across the Brooklyn Bridge, we parted ways since unlucky people had to get to work. Elyssa and Maria attempted to point me in the right direction (try turning right at the Law and Order Building…yep, we ran by where they film! I’m nerdy.), but I still found myself running around Chinatown for a bit before finally finding the East River Path to run back up north. I was going to run straight back, but I realized that it would be about 12 miles…I might as well add a couple more and just call it my long run for the week so I looped around a bit and hit 14 miles! Not too shabby for before nine on a Friday morning.
Friday, December 17
14.15 miles in 2:00:32, avg pace of 8:31
And you know what made the whole thing really worth it? I promised myself a vanilla latte if I actually got myself out of bed…delicious.
Thanks to Elyssa, Daniel, and Maria for letting me tag along on the Bridges run…I’ll have to join in again sometime.