bridges run

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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.  :)

to the statue of liberty!

My weekend has mainly consisted of running and football.  That’s totally normal, right?  Definitely a successful weekend on both fronts, as my TERPS won on Saturday and my BEARS won today.  No complaints from me.  :)   I probably watch an abnormal amount of football, but there are worse things in life, and I run beforehand so I suppose I’m allowed to sit on the couch.

What’s that about running?  Well, let’s check out the weekend runs:

Saturday brought another run in Central Park…around the outer loop.  This is basically my go-to run and I do it all the time.  I like it because it’s familiar, avoids cars, and has some hills thrown in to mix it up a bit.  My legs go on auto-pilot and I can get lost in whatever it is I happen to think about while running.  (Trust me, I have no idea what I’m thinking about most of the time…)  This was an easy run in a little bit of chilly weather, but shorts and a long sleeve shirt held me just fine.  Definitely not ready for anything colder, however.

Saturday, November 27
8.15 miles in 1:01:04, avg pace of 7:30

Not too shabby.

Sunday…oh Sunday.  I slept later than I wanted to (this is a common occurrence, I am not a morning person by any means), and quite honestly didn’t really feel like running all that much.  My original plan was to do a longer run of about 14 miles, but when I headed out the door I figured ten miles would be good enough for the day.  I headed to the west side, and the first mile felt terrible and then the second mile felt alright…and what would you know, the third mile was fabulous!  This where I get into trouble because once runs feel excellent, I just keep going.  Why not?  I decided on 12 miles….still feeling good, why not go for the original 14?  Got to the seven mile turnaround and decided to go for 16.  I thought I could get close to the Statue of Liberty, and since I’m a newfound fan of these destination runs, I might as well keep going!

So I did.  When my Garmin hit eight-ish miles, I found myself in Battery Park where the ferries head to the Statue of Liberty.  Perfect mileage.  :)

image Statue of Liberty from Battery Park…I need to start taking my camera with me.

I wandered around Battery Park for a few minutes trying to find a map of Manhattan to see if I could just run up the east side to get home…because it’s obviously normal to think it’s fun to run around the tip of Manhattan.  However, I couldn’t find a map and my Manhattan geography skills aren’t really up to snuff, so I decided just to go home the way I came.  In case you were wondering, I could have just run around and up the east side and been fine…but I guess that’s another run for another day.  :)

Soooo many people were in line for the ferries, which is probably something I should do while I’m here…I went to the Statue of Liberty many times when I was a wee little one, but I don’t remember too much of it.  My brother even got to go to the crown back in the day!

Back to the run!  One of the best part about long runs in NYC is that I get to see so many…interesting…things.  Check out the list from today:

  • The Statue of Liberty.  I mean, that’s cool.
  • A parrot.  Somewhere on the 50’s along the west side was a blue parrot sitting on the railing next to the water.  It seemed like it was with a man standing next to it…but still weird.
  • A dog in a baby stroller.  New Yorkers are an odd bunch…definitely a different take on “walking the dog.”
  • All sorts of different running outfits.  It was in the 40’s today, so it makes me wonder what people wear when it’s actually cold out…

 

Tomorrow we will discuss what happened around mile 12, which is one of my favorite things to do on a run.  :)   How’s that for suspense??  haha.  Anyway, the way back from the Statue of Liberty left me a little tired…I suppose I should plan ahead for these things and carry water/fuel with me, but impromptu long runs don’t really go well with planning.  Not necessarily in training right now, so I suppose it’s not much to worry about.  More time for refueling after the run!  The stats on the run weren’t too shabby, if I must say so myself:

Sunday, November 28
16.2 miles in 2:04:27, avg pace of 7:41

Love it.  That being said, this was much more tiring than my impromptu marathon last week, so I guess there is something to be said for running slower versus running faster…this run definitely took a lot more out of me!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend…mine is still rolling along, especially since it didn’t start until Friday night for me.  I’m off until Wednesday…gotta love these twelve hour shifts.  :)   Thanks for reading!

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