safety first, kids

I could talk about what a fabulous weekend I had and how I can’t believe it’s Sunday night.  I mean, nights out with ladies like Shannon are awesome, so I can’t really complain much.  After wandering the Upper East Side looking for a bar to strike our fancy, we ended up heading to a BBQ joint simply because they had fabulously large margaritas.  We chatted it up with the bartender and enjoyed these beauties:

Random January Weekend 2011 (4) Delicious.

Random January Weekend 2011 (5) The bartender had us a-glowin’!

I could then talk about how I finished the night off by dancing away with my new friend, Lindsay, who I met through Shannon.

But you don’t want to hear about that.

Nor do you want to hear about my latest New York-y adventure, which involved eating at the Elephant and Castle, which is aptly named if you know anything about my love for elephants.  This little guy was right at home:

Random January Weekend 2011 (11)Gatsby with his friends!

I’m 100% positive you don’t want to hear about this delicious food I ate:

Random January Weekend 2011 (9) Shrimp and avocado?  Yes, please.

Food was nicely followed by an evening of comedy at Comix in the Meatpacking District, where I’ve never been before (apparently Meatpacking doesn’t really go with my love for sweatpants…).  You certainly wouldn’t be interested in hearing me talking about a, um, foreign substance (rhymes with “pot”…or is) that overpowered the little arena in smell during Larry Miller’s performance.  That might actually be too interesting.  (Yay New York-y things!)

Oh no no no, instead we shall chat about safety issues on the subway.  That’s right.  Mind the gap, walk left stand right, and avoid the crazies who appear to be yelling aggressively.  I got off the E train this afternoon in order to switch to the 6, and I had to walk down most of the platform to get to the stairs (I have yet to perfect where I need to get on the subway to minimize my walk at the end…).  I had music on so I wasn’t paying too much attention, but I did see a man on the side standing next to a loaded shopping cart (I’m not judging, but you probably know what that means…), and he appeared to be yelling aggressively at people and randomly walking towards some of them.  Since I had headphones in, I didn’t hear what he was yelling about, but I veered to go far around him because it didn’t seem like the best idea to be close.

Which is when it happened.  I got punched in the back of the head.  Huh?!?!  That’s not the type of New York-y things I was talking about!  Not going to lie, that hurt a little bit.  I was a bit dazed and wasn’t exactly sure on the course of action here, so I just power walked to the escalator and ran up it.  I didn’t see any sort of security type person, so I just proceeded on my way.  (Bad, I know.)

Really?  Did that just happen?  I don’t believe it.  I don’t wear headphones when I’m running for many reasons, one of them being safety issues in regards to hearing cars coming, but I did not expect that on the subway.  Something was clearly wrong with this person, but I think it’s important to note that you always need to be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.  This is important both in running and in life.

Oh, and you should probably just walk around with some big muscular guy to protect you.  Except all my friends in NYC are runners and clearly don’t fit that bill…at least we can run fast!

Have you ever experienced any sort of violence, either personally or being a bystander?  I will admit that men on the buses in Rome (tight quarters…) often didn’t act appropriately.  Gross.


After that shining moment, I recuperated and ended up heading out for a run.  I was supposed to do 14 miles, but I totally wasn’t feeling it.  Motivation has been lacking this weekend and I’m not happy about it!  I decided to move the long run to Tuesday (my day off!) and just get out for seven.  Ugh, what a long seven miles!  I don’t know why I’m not feeling these runs right now, but I hope I snap out of it quickly.  Paces are fine and they don’t feel terrible, but I’m counting down the miles and I’m not normally like that at all…it’s usually more like, “What?  The run is over already??  I want to run more!”

Sunday, January 9
7.17 miles in 56:26, avg pace of 7:52

This week is a new week, and hopefully I’ll stop making a fool out of myself and not get punched in the head.  I hope.  Low standards, this week, I suppose…

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  1. says

    That is scary. I have had a jillion uncomfortable subway situations and about five really scary ones. I always stand with my back to the wall to avoid crazy people pushing someone on the track (it has happened). I don’t make eye contact. I have my hard serious guy face down pat. am a big guy so I rarely get hassled. I have never been punched or pushed. I have been confronted, and I have alternately ignored it, yelled back, or moved away. And it always leaves me shaken.
    I don’t wear headphones on the subway. I keep an eye out. Always. And keep an eye for where the cops are or other people. I am not paranoid, but just, aware, like walking down the street.
    Chalk it up to experience and I hope it doesn’t deter you from enjoying the great city.

  2. says

    eek, thats scary. Guess you gotta start wearing helmets on the subway. NY subways scare me. I’ll take a cab anyday. Ya I know, more $$ but I am a wuss.
    Hope your week is better. :)

  3. says

    yikes I can’t believe you got punched! >:O perhaps you need to develop “my type” of guy so you can have some muscle on your side. 😉

    I gave you a little shout out in my blog post for today. :p

  4. says

    How scary! Good thing you kept going and didn’t stick around for a confrontation.
    That would have put the cabosh on my run as well.
    At least you had a good 7 miles even though it was tough to get through it. Bad running days make the good ones so much better. :)

  5. says

    Ouch! I’m sorry that happened! :( I hope it was a mistake and someone wasn’t just randomly punching people for fun!

  6. says

    Oh my gosh!!! I can’t believe that happened! That’s awful! I don’t know what I would’ve done in that situation…though if I had to guess I’d say I’d probably run away like you did (not so good at confrontation). I’m glad that you are okay though. Geez…I guess you can never be too careful.

    Sorry you didn’t have such great runs this weekend. That happens to me too though — I definitely go through slumps where every mile seems so long and I just can’t wait to be done with the run. I hate it. But I guess, in the end, they make those great runs even more awesome. So I just keep running and waiting for that day when I have a really great run. It makes everything worth it.

  7. Ivy says

    Hey Susan, I’m one of your more recent lurkers so you’ve never heard from me before, but I love reading your blog. I live in New York too and had a similar experience my first year living here. I was having lunch with a friend sitting out on one of the restaurant’s sidewalk tables on third avenue when a homeless (I think) woman walked by shouting to herself and waving a water bottle around. We weren’t really paying her much attention but the next thing I knew she walked right up to us and smacked my friend on the head with the bottle, hard, and then went on her merry way. We were shocked, but my friend just shook it off like you did. I haven’t had too many experiences like that since then so it’s probably not normal! Anyway, I’m glad you’re embracing the city so well, crazies and all!

  8. says

    That’s a lil freaky and weird Susan! I’m not sure what that says but you can never be too careful I guess. I hope you have a better week this week.

  9. says

    First of all, WHY is Gatsby wearing a Yankees jersey??? FOR SHAME SUSAN.

    Secondly, you got punched?!?! WHO DOES THAT? In Spain, I had a guy walk menacingly towards me while giving me the finger. In the middle of the day. With tons of people around. That was fun. But I can honestly say I’ve never been punched by a random subway person.

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