So once again I went a week without posting. Sorry about that peeps! After the Twinkie race last Sunday (props to all of you that realized it was an April Fool's joke [that crazy recap was written by Spike, not me]) my week was non-stop work in preparation for my NYC trip. I flew out Wednesday afternoon and stayed through Friday morning. Thursday was one big giant, work infused blur, but I did manage to make the most of my down time and meet up with some friends and squeeze in a few runs!
Hello from Central Park!
First order of business was, of course, running in Central Park. My hotel ended up being two short blocks from the south entrance with a view overlooking the park. After spending a solid five minutes with my face pressed up against the glass standing atop the desk, I managed to peel myself away to gear up. When I arrived at the entrance I stood there and just took it all in for a minute while I waited for Hermes to find a satellite. Once he was locked in I was off on the ultimate butterfly run*; I took this path and that, stopping to snap a pic when it fancied me, and hit my turn around point right at the reservoir. I noticed along the way that all the "real runners" in the park stuck to the roads, with good reason as the paths are clogged up with tourists, so after I made my way around the reservoir I stuck to the road and it was significantly easier. I know I had this big stupid grin on my face the whole run but I didn't care, it's not every day you get to cross something off your bucket list.
Run in Central Park
After the run I met up with Celia for sushi and not long after we were seated Lam made a surprise appearance! At long last I finally got to meet the famous Running Laminator! We had a great time at dinner and afterwards we hit up 16 Handles for some fro-yo that was amazing. No wonder all you NYC bloggers rave about it!
Thursday, as I mentioned above, was a work day from sun up to sun down. I have blisters from all the walking I did in dress shoes! By the time I got back to my hotel I was spent. I had really wanted to hit the town but I was so exhausted I decided that even though it was only 10 pm, I was calling it a night. I FB'd that my 18 year old self would be so ashamed of me. LOL!
Have I ever told you guys how I do not sleep well in other places? Well I don't, and for as tired as I was, I barely slept. When the horizon started to lighten I gave up and went up to the rooftop to witness sunrise over Central Park from 44 stories up. It was breathtaking and so worth the ungodly hour. Thankfully I had a run planned with Lam for not long after so I got ready and anxiously awaited his arrival. He had planned a "surprise" run for us; we started out in Central Park, then crossed into the city and ran past the Lincoln Center, down along the West Side Hwy/Hudson River and ended right at the Highline. I had mentioned The Highline at dinner on Wednesday, and how I had wanted to see it but didn't think I had any time to, thus the "surprise" part. We walked a decent stretch of it and it was just as beautiful as I thought it would be. I love the concept and execution and hope that Detroit takes a queue and does something like this downtown someday. We had the park virtually to ourselves and Lam humored my endless questions and ooh's and aah's. Have I mentioned lately how awesome it is to have made so many wonderful friends through blogging?
After the run I met Christy and Ally for a quick breakfast before I had to catch my plane. It was great being able to see my "Boston girls" for a few, even if I totally ran out of energy mid-way through the breakfast. Christy: "I'm pretty sure I just saw your eyes droop." Sorry ladies, I was beat!
All in all I think I made the most out of the short time I was there, but it definitely made me realize that I need to get there again with more time to spare. There's just so much to do, see, and run! Is running in Central Park on your bucket list?
*Butterfly Run: What Spike calls my way of running, I tend to run here and there all haphazardly with no set route, much like a butterfly flies.