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My First Fifth Avenue Mile – Race Recap

I’ve never been a sprinter, never had much speed, never liked the pressure. And as I toed the line of the Fifth Avenue Mile start today (okay, well quite a ways back from the line really), these thoughts circled through my head and I asked myself again why I decided to sign up for this race.

Specifically, I really hate the pre-fast-race-feeling. You know it. It screams that you need to bolt out of the gate and push your hardest because this race is too short not to. Oh the pressure. And I knew I wasn’t alone in feeling this as I eavesdropped on other conversations where girls talked about nerves and tightness in their legs. It leaves me asking the same question I did in high school: Who the heck wants to be a sprinter?! Not this girl!

But I tried to push those thoughts aside as I readied myself for the race ahead of me. And then it was go time. There was a slight pause at the start and it took a few seconds to get “out of the gate” but then the crowds pretty much dispersed. This was probably because I’m so OCD that I showed up to the start super early and was pretty close to the front. So all the speedy ladies around me took off.

To be fair, I wasn’t holding anyone back. I got going at a pretty good clip right from the start. I propelled myself forward by some unknown force and told myself it wouldn’t be so bad. And the first few hundred feet weren’t!

And then I think just before the half mile point my body realized how fast I was asking it to go and abruptly went into revolt. I glanced at my watch to see a 6:20 pace!! Holy crap.

Just keep going I told myself. Thankfully, there was a slight decline that helped a little. But then it was back to pain. I actually think I started to get dizzy at one point. And then I felt like I was going to pee my pants. This people, is why I’m not a sprinter.

But I didn’t pee or faint. I pressed on and finally saw the end ahead of me. I’d like to tell you that my pain faded away and I was able to really kick it in at the end.

Not so. I finished and it wasn’t pretty. My watch tells me I ran that one atrocious mile in 6:28. Fine by me. I was shooting for 7 minutes and I didn’t pee myself. All in all, I’ll call it a good race.

What about you – are you a sprinter or more of a long-run, endurance runner?

Now it’s decision time. I signed up a LONG time ago for the 18 mile tune-up tomorrow. Dare I do it? My last long run was 15 miles…3 weeks ago. It would be nice to run a long run tomorrow with water stops along the way. I could always drop out at any time – it’s not really a race…

Mmm – did I just talk myself into it?

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Just My Kind of Weekend

Welcome to Monday. Admittedly, there is nothing welcoming about it. My only saving grace this week is that it’s a short one for me. We will be heading to Maine on Thursday morning and I could not be more excited!! I am in need of a vacay and this past weekend was so great that I really did not want it to end.

Friday wasn’t at all exciting – we were cleaning and generally wrapping up some business. We called it quits pretty early in preparation for the busy weekend ahead.

On Saturday I managed to squeeze in a 9-mile run in the morning in Central Park.

Look there’s me! The park was super crowded. I was going for an easy run, so I didn’t mind it being a little hard to maneuver. My splits weren’t bad overall…

After my run, I snacked some and then got ready to head to NJ for the Kenny Chesney concert!! Hubby is a huge country fan and I will admit that the music has grown on me. Our first dance song  at our wedding was actually a song by Kenny Chesney called “Me and You.” I was hoping he would play it (sadness he didn’t).

We arrived at the  new Meadowlands Stadium pretty early so we could spend some time relaxing and tailgating beforehand.

There’s us tailgating . Car = proof. The concert actually began around 4:15 and I had no clue how many people were on the lineup.  It was like we got to see four concerts in one! It started with Uncle Kracker at 4:15, then Billy Currington came on and finally Zac Brown Band hit the stage right before Kenny.

The photo above shows where we were sitting. We were pretty close – it was pretty cool. And actually, when Kenny came on later that night, he came out of the big gray thing to the left. A seat came out from the middle of the roof of the gray tent and he flew right above our heads. Apparently, he does some crazy entrance at all his concerts.

There we are cheesing it up! Right after Zac Brown Band finished playing it started raining.  At first, we were worried that it was going to start pouring, but it really only sprinkled for the rest of the night. And right around that time, Kenny started playing!

This is one of our last photos from the night. They seriously played forever. I think Kenny came on at about 8:20 and played until almost 11! The whole concert was really good – I’m glad I’ve given country music a chance. (I know my husband is saying “I told you so” right about now.)

We headed home looking like drowned rats after the concert ended – we were exhausted and crashed almost as soon as we got in the door.

But there’s no rest for the weary when you have a jam-packed weekend in NYC planned. We slept in as much as possible on Sunday, but then headed out for a day of fun at the American Natural History Museum on the Upper West Side. It was a rainy and dreary day – so a museum trip was a no-brainer for us… and about a gazillion other tourists and New Yorkers.

So five years after moving to NYC, I finally made it to this museum. It took a long time, but I think it was worth it. I really enjoyed the hours we spent there…despite the herds of people we had to contend with. And of course, I couldn’t help comparing it to the movie “Night at the Museum.” I felt like a kid doing it, but I couldn’t help it.

I kept waiting for the little miniature model people to come to life and attack me.  Or for a zebra to jump out of the glass box enclosure. Didn’t happen, but it was fun to imagine.

We stayed until they started kicking people out and then headed back out into the rain. The weekend ended with a some laundry, a pathetic dinner (too tired to cook) and True Blood of course.

And now it’s Monday and I’m kind of exhausted. I have a lot to get done before our mini-vacation and it feels like I have hardly any time to do it. Not to mention that I need everyone to do a “no rain dance” for us because I really don’t want my first trip to Maine to be completely dreary and cold. 😦 So dance if you can!!

How was your weekend!? If you live in NYC, what are some of the best “touristy” things you’ve done during your time here? What would you say is a MUST?! 

Two Posts in One Day – Who Am I?

Well, I guess getting back into blogging really struck a cord with me, because this will be my second post in one day. It’s either that, or the fact that I don’t have any exciting plans for the night. Ok – so maybe it’s the latter.

Regardless, I am back in the blog world and oh how I’ve missed it. I started catching up on a few of my favorites today: Carrots N’ CakeA Healthier, Happier Bear; Runners Kitchen, Legally Fit, Meals for Miles and Dori’s Shiny Blog, to name just a few. And then I stumbled upon Run, Lindsay, Run; What Kelly Said; and Nurse on the Run and I remembered exactly why I love blogging so much – so many different, interesting people to connect with and learn about!

But this isn’t what I wanted to post about at all! I wanted post about my first trip to Fairway. Fairway opened this week on the UES and it has been pure mayhem. But as I left work today, I figured I’d stop in to check it out….

…and I fell immediately in love. In love with the mounds of fresh, bulk produce; in love with the endless aisles and rows of health-inspired foods; in love with the very nice people who kept asking if I needed help and plying me with free samples. I could go on, but it might start to get obscene. So you get my point. It was a little healthy haven (well actually, it’s pretty big) right in my neighborhood. I am smitten.

However, I wanted to play hard to get at first. Afterall, it was my first trip. I wasn’t about to walk in there and drop my cash willy nilly. This was just supposed to be a reconnaissance trip. So I quickly and quietly gathered myself together and performed a careful perusal. After a solid 20-minute exploration, I finally left with only a few things…

I am very proud of my controlled purchase of snap peas, a cucumber, pumpkin ravioli and some night-time tea. I could have gone nuts, I could have rolled out of there with armloads. But I maintained my composure.

I know my purchases appear seemingly random, but there is some sanity to these items. I love cucumbers (okay so still kind of weird, but overlook it) and was planning to stop to buy one anyway, who can resist snap peas (come on), I needed some carbs (ravioli) to fuel for a run tomorrow (plus they sounded delish) and I’ve been tossing and turning lately at night and thought a nice soothing tea might help (I apologize Hubby for buying more tea – I will take some of the others to work). You see–deeply thought-out purchases indeed. 🙂

Ok – I’m signing off now to enjoy my ravioli and sooth myself with some tea. Then I’ll end the night with David Sedaris and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I need to find out when he’s doing another book signing in NYC – cuz he is just the cats pajamas. Have a nice Friday all. Maybe I’ll spot some of you more hard-core NYC bloggers/runners in the park tomorrow morning if anyone is as crazy as me!