|We love Weight Watchers, beer & Greenpoint!|
I continued to hit snooze every 5 minutes for an hour.
By 6:15, it was now so late I told myself I didn't have enough time to get ready (I needed to leave at 7 to get there in time without rushing) so I told myself I wasn't going to run. I mean, I was tired, it was cold, it was going to rain, I wasn't prepared, and my allergies were especially bad. There was no way I was getting out of bed.
I laid in bed, still hitting snooze every 5 minutes. Around 6:40 when I was absolutely certain I was not going to be running this morning, I looked at Facebook. On Saturday night, I had seen that Ethan was carb-loading for Sunday and asked if he was running in Central Park. It wasn't until I was laying in bed on Sunday morning that I saw his reply -
So as I was laying there in bed making excuses for why I wasn't running, I started thinking about Ethan, who would surely be at the race and expecting to see me. Then I thought about Jen from work - how I told her I'd look for her in her corral so we could start together. And I thought about Josephine, who I haven't met yet, but she knew I was coming and I told her I'd meet her. Then I thought about letting all of you down. And finally, I thought about letting myself down - "If I don't run today I'm going to be so mad at myself later and tomorrow. And then I'll have to explain to everyone why I missed an event, and I don't have a good reason for missing this event!"
At that point I knew that if I was going to be in Central Park for the 8 am start time, I absolutely HAD to get out of bed now. And I had at most 30 minutes to get ready. I've never gotten ready in under an hour. And I prefer 90 minutes to 2 hours. But I knew I had to do it.
Since I had done nothing to prepare on Saturday night, I had to do everything in a frenzy on Sunday morning. I washed my face & put on makeup, brushed my teeth, wet & strapped on my heart rate monitor, threw together an outfit, attached safety pins to my bib and put it on my shirt, put my Nike + and my new orthotics in my running shoes, attached the timing chip to my shoelaces, put on my Road ID & Vitaband, went through my wallet for the few items I needed to bring, rubberbanding them to my phone, changed the SD card from my regular camera to my waterproof camera, snatched up my bike lock & key and put on my waterproof jacket. I had no time for coffee, water or breakfast - I grabbed a Gu and a banana and the Hello Kitty Cruiser and get out of my apartment.
I left at 7:10. I had managed to get ready in 30 minutes!
About a block away from my apartment I realized I didn't have my sunglasses - which would have helped keep the rain, wind and allergens out of my eyes. But I didn't dare go back for them.
|my eyes started tearing in the middle of the night and they didn't stop tearing ALL DAY. This is also why I'm not wearing eyelashes- the rain & tears would have ruined them in minutes.|
|in Long Island City, moments before getting on the Queensboro Bridge|
|I see this homeless man almost EVERY time I'm on the Queensboro - regardless of the day of the week or time of day. It's kind of crazy, really. And I've never seen him walking Manhattan-bound, only Queens-bound.|
I continued on First Ave, cycling as fast as I could. I didn't even look at what time it was because I didn't want to know. By the time I turned left on 68th Street, I saw a few other runners on foot, on their way to the park and they didn't seem to be rushing, so that was a good indication I would make it!
I arrived in Central Park in 34 minutes, which is about 6 minutes faster than I usually get there. The race hadn't begun. I was ok. I made it!! I almost couldn't believe I was really there, when I was in bed not long ago. But somehow I made it and was really glad because I know how upset I would have been with myself if I missed this run.
I didn't have a ton of time - so I quickly locked up my bike, passing my friend Jill on the way. Then I made my way to the corrals, where I looked for Jen. Instead I saw some other familiar faces:
First there were some of the badass ladies of the Black Girls Run! running group. Always a pleasure to see them!
Thank you, Ethan!
Just as the race began Jen & Josephine showed up. Perfect timing! The 3 of us approached the starting line together. I tried to photograph the 3 of us but this waterproof camera doesn't have the wide angle I'm used to :(
|Jen, Josephine & Me|
|I love that his shirt says "The Old Man", and that Jen is running right next to him. I hope you can beat The Old Man, Jen!|
|my other camera would have captured us both. I'm not a fan of this Panasonic but I needed it today because it's waterproof|
|Here kitty, kitty!|
It was a cold morning and was going to rain later in the day. Even though it wasn't raining yet, it had rained the night before and the nice thing about rain is it makes all the colors in nature so much more vibrant and lush. Isn't this gorgeous?
|a little blurry but so pretty|
|omg that old man is no joke! I finally passed him - see him in the far right above. Take that, Old Man!|
|half way done!|
|Running on the painted lines. As usual.|
|OMG THAT OLD MAN IS AHEAD OF ME AGAIN!|
|MUST. BEAT. THE OLD MAN!|
|I thought this was adorable, seeing these two in the park together|
|boy am I glad to see you!|
|I love you ladies! This might be favorite sprint to the finish line ever!|
|crossing the finish line|
I stood at the finish line and listened to the music and the announcer. I loved watching everyone approach and cross the finish line, even the people I didn't know. This turned out to be one of my favorite memories of the day...
Some crossed alone. Some crossed looking tired or slightly injured. Some crossed in matching outfits. Some crossed smiling. Some crossed with friends. Some crossed with victory arms. But they all crossed and it was beautiful to watch. I forgot how good it feels to watch other runners because I really only do it at the marathon. It was inspirational and motivating and if I hadn't been waiting for Jen & Josephine, I would have missed it.
|a team of happy runners approaches|
|that guy on the right is my favorite Brightroom photographer. I see him so often, I say hi to him now. He was at the Brooklyn Bun last week, in fact.|
|You go, Mr 79 year old!|
|These ladies crossed together, hand in hand|
Then we stood and waited for Josephine. When Jen saw her coming, she did the same thing - getting back on the course and finishing with her . What a magical moment!!
|Jen & Josephine about to cross the finish line|
Now that we were all done, it was finally time for bagels & fruit!
|I'm always sure to thank the bagel volunteers. I had a cinnamon raisin!|
|You work, girl!|
|I always wanted to be a Rockette!|
|Josephine, Jen and Me. With a bagel in my mouth. As usual.|
Then I had to say good bye and get on with my day. On my way out of the park, I thought the flowers were just too beautiful to pass up. That, with the black lampposts and the statue in the background - just gorgeous! I love Central Park!
I had to cut across 72nd St to get to the west side of the park. That meant I was back on the course, but going the opposite way we had run. And it also meant I was crossing through the finish line, which wasn't fully dismantled yet!
On my way out of the park, I saw some Parks employees mounted on horses. They're beautiful, but I hope these horses are treated fairly!
From there I went to visit my Dad at work. There are no photos. I know you're disappointed!
After visiting my Dad, I rode south through Times Square. Normally not my favorite route due to traffic/tourist congestion but I figured it was early enough on a Sunday that it should be fairly light. Not to mention, riding a bike down Broadway into Times Square really is a magnificent experience.
|very few people were out! it was early and cold and damp, after all.|
|Yes, that's me under there. I'm cold!|
|I literally rode down the center of Broadway. Between the cars. Not the smartest decision ever but very fun.|
|one of my favorite deco buildings.|
I continued east on 28th passing one of my favorite restaurants. For name & color if nothing else (I never actually ate here)
|Curry in a Hurry on Lex at 28th|
I headed straight for my favorite vegan bakery/cafe, Champs, in Williamsburg!
|I had a cinnamon sugar vegan donut from Dun-Well Doughnuts & coffee with soy. yay!|
Oh, but before I go, I have to say a very special Happy Birthday to Amanda! It was her birthday on Sunday and I spent some time on that very rainy night with her. Happy Birthday, Panda!!!
|Robbie & Amanda in a Brooklyn vegan version of American Gothic|
|Amanda & Robbie recreate a cute photo she has from a birthday of years past with her brother|
|How adorable is she in her Birthday Girl tiara? <3 you Panda!|