An early morning with NYRR‘s volunteer team for the Fitness Mind, Body, and Spirit 4-miler. Doing our meet and greet here. The volunteer leads are fun.
My spot in the end-of-race line passing out food. I’m pretty good at passing out bags of pretzels: “Pretzels! PRETZELS!!!” Yet another untapped skill discovered?
The first woman coming in! Speed demon — I think she clocked 5:45 per mile!! I’m jelly of her bib color (moving up bib colors is no easy task).
After the race, I headed home and napped for a good few hours. Met up with the crew to watch Contagion, the movie that Lo’s boss consulted on!! Along with other Mailman profs. Pretty cool. The movie wasn’t bad.
Dinner at Lansky’s… Mmmm… Lo’s dinner that I don’t remember the name of (and can’t find…). Sorry the pictures are crap, courtesy of my iphone.
T’s burger with fries & fried egg.
Char’s burger with onion rings (and pastrami? bacon? beats me).
My weakness for grilled cheese sandwiches… with crispy pastrami!!
Post finals run in Central Park (above with Mr. Kidney!!!) and brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup! I PR’ed! My best 10k so far, and it felt good throughout.
After the run, Lo, Haru, and I met up at Alice’s Tea Cup for brunch. Ever since An bought those chocolate scones from there for us, I had to go back and try the rest of the food and also make everyone try their scones. There were skeptics, but they (Lo!) are now converts.
We had the salted chocolate caramel and banana walnut I think? I can’t remember now, but you probably can’t go wrong there. I never in my life liked scones — I would always think of the Starbucks scones that are rock-hard, dense, and overly sweet. But the ones here are incredible — soft, chewy, but with the perfect amount of bite on the outside. They’re like cake, but sooooo much better than cake!!! (I don’t really like cake unless it’s ice cream cake. I honestly don’t even like cupcakes… pleasedontkillme!)
Haru got the fruit crepes.
Lo got the poached eggs over a savory scone.
And I got the croque madame. I love croque madames.
Beautiful spring day in Central Park!
My second run ever in the rain, but it was pouring unlike at Coogan’s where it was drizzle and slight rain. Sigh.
I thought the adrenaline and desire to be out of the rain ASAP would help me through, but I started off too fast and came under 8 minutes for the first mile (I think it was around 7:30, but that’s a rough estimate based on what others around me said the starting time was because I couldn’t see it). Mile 2 went by alright, but miles 3 and 4 were somewhat of a struggle with the Harlem Hills. I had to stop at the mile 2 and mile 3 water stations this time, unlike last week where I just stopped at 3. I usually can make it to 4, but my mouth was getting so dry.
I somehow managed to cut off 9 seconds per mile compared to last week’s 4-miler, but I think I may have actually felt worse than last week. Really gotta train harder!
PR’ed it! But I will never do bikram the day before a run, again! I should have learned my lesson with the Scotland Run 10k when I ran 5 miles 2 days before the race.
Happy nonetheless, even though it didn’t feel great. See the pain on my face at the finish line?
After an especially over-indulgent dinner last night, Lo and I got up at the crack of dawn to prep for the NYRR Scotland Run! Even though it was a 9 am run, we had to get there early to pick up t-shirts, in hopes that we’d get a small size… but we didn’t. Sad face.
Lo with the obligatory post-race bagel and fruit!
We also got a stoats oat bar. It was yummy!!!
Cool old man runner.
Dancers before the raffle!
I thought it would be a bad race because I made the mistake of running 5 miles on Friday and was still sore in the morning, but it was a good race! We also got good treats afterward even if we didn’t win the tickets for 2 trip to Scotland. Maybe next year. Read the full post →