pi day and the nyc half

Things I complain about all the time:  working weekends.  Luckily, I had both Saturday and Sunday off this week, but no real plans.  Usually when I try to schedule myself for an entire weekend off, it’s because I have specific plans/a race/someone’s birthday/wedding/travel.  I originally thought I might race the DC half this weekend, but opted for Dallas next week instead, so it worked out well.  (Especially because working Friday meant I wouldn’t actually have been able to go down to DC…oops.)  Anyway, it was nice to not have specific plans and to just have a relaxing weekend.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I did do plenty of fun thing!  Away we go…

saturday – pi day!

I’m sure you heard that Saturday (3/14) was pi (3.14) day, with extra emphasis this time because it was 3/14/15, and pi starts with 3.1415 – and all the nerds celebrated!  Like many people, I figure the best way to celebrate Pi Day was to get some pie.  I did some research to figure out where the best place to get pie in NYC might be.  There’s a pie shop somewhat close to me (Little Pie Company), but I’d heard great things about Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn.  Pi Day seems like a good reason to travel for pie…and a good day to meet up with one of my favorite science nerds, Betsy, for pie.  She conveniently lives in Brooklyn, so I’m glad I put those two together!

Eric and I headed to Brooklyn and met Betsy in line outside the shop…luckily the rain held off for most of the time that we were in line – a good thing since we were in line for almost an hour!  It didn’t quite seem like they were prepared for a mad rush on Pi Day (despite having a “special” of 3 slices for $14) – the line didn’t move quickly at all!  Pretty sure the guy in front of us took ten minutes to order despite having an hour to decide what he wanted.  JUST SAYING.  Luckily, the pie was definitely worth the wait.

photo 1 (35) Blackbird for effect.

We had a pecan pie, a buttermilk chess, and a cherry/apple pie.  Whipped cream on the side.  Pecan pie is Eric’s favorite – luckily we got the last slice!  (Not so luckily because he wanted some pie to bring home, oops.)  I’m pleased with our celebration.

sunday – nyc half

The NYC Half was this morning, and I love cheering at races, so I had plans to meet up with some ladies to be loud!  Eric actually agreed to get out of bed before 7am, so he came along too.  (I promised a stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way.)  We met up with Beth and headed down to 53rd and 7th, where only a few spectators had started to gather so we all got spots along the barricades.  Oddly enough, people were still walking to the race while we were heading to our spot – we couldn’t figure it out because the race had already started at that point!  It was a little chillier than I had hoped for spectating (40, cloudy, and somewhat windy), but great for running minus the wind.

The lead back of women came through shortly after we arrived, with Molly Huddle (spoiler alert) in the lead back.  We were just after the 10k mark, and Desi had already fallen off…sad for all.  The men flew past shortly thereafter, and Meb was right up there.

photo 2 (34) SO FAST.

I realized early on that I would not be able to take pictures and yell appropriately for people (I’m that not coordinated…), so I decided yelling would be a better bet.  After the lead packs came through, the super fast people followed, then the masses.  It was fun to spot people and cheer for them.  Apparently I knew many more people than I thought who were running, so you can check their blogs/twitter/instagram/etc for updates and reports – Meggie, Ashley, Jocelyn, Kelly, Dani, Emilia, Carla, people I forgot and people who don’t have social media haha. But it was fun!  A few people were in costume – the funniest being two girls who ran in the gold/white and blue/black dresses.  They ran together and the guy next to us yelled, “What color is it???” to which they yelled, “I don’t know!  I don’t know!”  Strong work.  Plenty of runners were taking selfies as they headed through Times Square, which caused me to wonder what people did ten years ago.  So many thoughts.

Anyway, congrats to all who ran (lots of great times posted today!), and I hope NYRR pulls my name one of these years.  The only year I had entry was a result of guaranteed entry (by time, before they lowered the standards)…and it was the year I hurt my back, so I couldn’t run.  Sad.  If they use the new standards like they have for the NYC Marathon, I might stand a chance if I run a solid half sometime…

i forgot the running

You may have noticed that none of this mentions anything about running.  As I mentioned in my last post, my legs have felt off lately.  My legs felt worse on Saturday, and a few strides around my apartment made me realize that some time off would be good.  I think I may have pulled my groin – I have a fair amount of pain/discomfort where my left leg hits my torso, on the inside on the front (does that make sense?), and it does affect my stride.  My plan was to take off Saturday and Sunday (and then Monday-Wednesday, since I’m working anyway…) and hope that some rest solves the problem.  Dr. Google says that a groin strain can take weeks to heal, so I’m a little nervous about that.  Hoping this goes away so I can run the race next weekend, even if I can’t RACE race it.  We’ll see.  I don’t have my heart set on it and would rather get to Eugene healthy, so it will depend on how the rest of the week goes.

Otherwise, I did a yoga video on both Saturday and Sunday – Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown on Saturday and Runner’s World Essential Yoga on Sunday.  Plus a ten minute arms video from Youtube on both days just to make me feel like I’m doing something.  (And summer is coming, let’s be honest.)

I have my fingers crossed for a quick heal after some time off – cross yours for me as well, please!

eric quotes/moment of the day

“You need to do a blog post on how more people need to put their names on their shirts.”  Maybe because it was cold, but not too many people had their names on their shirts, which makes cheering for everyone a little harder.  Yelling, “GO YELLOW SHIRT GUY” doesn’t quite have the same effect.

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”  I tried asking Eric when the “lamb” part of March was going to happen, but he just looked at me like I had two heads.  Apparently growing up in Florida never provided Eric with the struggles of March weather, so he had never heard this saying before.  Also – lamb phase, you can hurry up, please.

Who raced this weekend?  Seems like lots of people did!  Did you celebrate pi day?  Do tell.

if all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes

I may lose readers because of this.  Just remember, I never said I was cool. 

Did anyone used to watch Barney?  You know, the big purple dinosaur?  Well, I did.  And I had a stuffed Barney.  And Barney sheets for my bed.  I remember being slightly embarrassed about this at the time, but please see the above disclaimer.  Any,way if you happened to watch the show (or have small children), you may remember this song:

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth opened wide.
Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh.
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, you should head over to this video to see adorable young children sing the song.  Or just ask me and I’ll sing it for you, as I happened to have a penchant for children’s songs, especially if they have hand motions.  Just ask.

Anyway, what does this have to do with running??  Well, for those of us lucky enough to call ourselves runners in the north, we get to experience little things called SNOW RUNS.  If you’ve never experienced a snow run, you are missing out.  Although it’s been quite cold in NYC, I grew up in Chicago and know that when it’s finally snowing again, that means it’s warm because it can be too cold to snow.  And snow means warm!  We got a bit of snow and some wintery mix all day here in NYC (with more to come tonight…), and I had planned to meet up for a group run with the Run Co kids, but I suppose the weather led them to cancel.  I, however, did not cancel my run and headed out to Central Park to wage war on the weather. 

Actually running in Central Park wasn’t so bad, it was getting there and back that was the worst…the sidewalks were slippery and people had gigantic umbrellas that took up the whole sidewalk.  Once I got to the park, no problem!  My foot only slipped once and otherwise it was fabulous.  Very few people were out (Side note:  Attractive man wearing orange jacket who said hi to me, I’m sure you’re reading this and we should be friends.  Moving on), and although it definitely wasn’t a day for speed, the conditions were great.  I brought my camera along to share the glory of the snow run with those less fortunate:

Snow Run January 2011 (3)

  All alone on the west side.  This actually looks kinda creepy…Snow Run January 2011 (5)

  By the reservoir…aww that’s pretty.Snow Run January 2011 (9)

  It’s almost like I’m not in the middle of Manhattan…okay, maybe not.

Snow Run January 2011 (12) Loooooooove it.

The plan was to do eight miles, but around mile 6.5 it started to snow again, so I decided I want to run some more and extend it to a ten mile run.  This was when I started singing the above song.  Around mile seven was when the snow turned to sleet and I got a free exfoliating facial, compliments of mother nature.  Thunder also made an appearance, which was a bit weird…snow thunderstorm?  How odd.

I made a slippery return back home and survived the snow, loving all except about four minutes of it when the sleet actually hurt.  Really people, get off the treadmill (or the couch!) and go on a snow run…or at least a snow walk.  They’re fabulous.

And yes, I realize that most of my running sounds like ice cream and rainbows.  I like it.

Wednesday, January 26
10.25 miles in 1:20:51, avg pace of 7:53

Snow, you’ve got nothing on me.

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My legs actually feel quite recovered from the half marathon on Saturday.  My legs were definitely exhausted on Sunday so I took the day off (before watching my Bears make a fool of themselves…) and then took myself out for some recovery miles after work on Monday.  They definitely felt tired, but keeping the pace slower helped out. 

Monday, January 24
5.4 miles in 44:35, avg pace of 8:15

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