One of the best parts about living in NYC (especially still being pretty new to the city!) is that there is a neverending list of things to explore! Luckily, Monica, who was a dietetics major with me at the University of Maryland, is living in the city for the year, so we get to do touristy things together and enjoy ourselves. :) I’m always nervous to ask people to do some random things because it may be new to me, but old, old news to others!
Yes, I still go, “OMG! The Statue of Liberty!” I never said I was cool, okay?
Moving on. Monica and I decided to have a run date on Saturday, as she just signed up for her first marathon (Pittsburgh, reminds me of Abby!), and I’m still in recovery mode from my last marathon, so we could do a run together. Fabulous.
Since Saturday was a gorgeous day in the city, I decided to walk to her apartment by NYU, which takes a bit over an hour from my Upper East Side apartment. I was wearing my Boston jacket, as it was spring and my only spring jackets are marathon jackets (oops?). As I was walking along, some guy stopped me and asked if I ran Boston last year (yes!) and told me that he’s running this year (yay!). We chatted about Boston and I gave him some tips, then we talked about my last marathon and his half. He ran the NYC Half and I remember cheering for him! Too funny. I got his bib number so I can track him at Boston, and maybe I have a new running buddy! Love it.
Once I moved along, I was getting closer to Monica’s when I spotted these in a bakery window:
Naturally I had to go in, so I did and walked out with a bag of these:
I think they’re meringues, although I believe Courtney could set me straight!
Soon enough I was at the lovely NYU campus, and Monica and I set out for our run. We headed over to the east side and down around the southern tip of Manhattan and back up the west side until we got back to her apartment. We kept it at her pace (I tried really hard!), and I took some pictures along the way since I usually forget to take my camera with me when I run around that area. The bridges are so pretty, and we got some snapshots at the Statue of Liberty, and my love…the west side highway! Check it out:
We had a fabulous run, chatting about marathons and life and…who knows what else you talk about on a run? You talk about everything! Highlight of the run was when we were running back across Houston St, and some guy yelled, “Hey, what street is this??” at us, and I turned and yelled back, “Houston St!” I said it correctly and Monica was impressed that I knew what street it was because she didn’t tell me. (Secret: I had looked at the street signs a couple blocks earlier.) See? I’m becoming a New Yorker slowly but surely.
Saturday, April 2
8.37 miles in 1:18:23, avg pace of 9:22
Yay! It was a fun recovery run for me, and running with Monica was fabulous. Before she ran, she kept saying, “Now, you remember I run slower than you, right? RIGHT?” Well it was a good time and yay for runners of all speeds.
Since Monica and I were dietetics majors together (she’s a real dietitian!), we know the importance of refueling. Whether it was proper refueling or not, we headed to this place because it could be nothing short of delicious:
Yes, yes, the famous Peanut Butter and Co…I’d had their White Chocolate Wonderful before, so I knew this was going to be good. After scouring the menu, we decided to split the sampler platter (samples of all their different peanut butters complete with celery, carrots, apples, and little toasts for dipping/spreading) and a Peanut Butter Cup (peanut butter and nutella on wheat bread). Delicious.
This was awesome, and the sample platter was HUGE and we both took the leftover samples home. I liked the Bee’s Knees (PB + honey) and the maple peanut butter the best. mmmmm delicious. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area of NYU (it’s right by the law school, so I’m told) so you can try it out. (Matt! Come to NYC!)
Awesome adventure on a great day! Spring is coming, I can feel it…