I didn't get all my stuff set up the night before (I have no time to do anything lately, which is why this blog is a month late!) so as usual, I was rushing around in the morning and left the apartment a little late...
I rode Isabella there, over the 59th St Bridge to Manhattan -
|Nice shadow capture! And you can read my shirt too!|
|I'm not sweating, I'm glistening :)|
I made it to 100th Street and began looking for an entrance. I rode into the park along side two men who were jogging in at the same time. I presumed they were there for the run also, so I joked with them that I'm always late for every run. I even told them how they were dismantling the Starting Line when I did the Mini 10K a few weeks ago. They laughed and we went separate ways.
I found the corrals and locked up my bike. As I got into my corral and started stretching, I heard "You made it!" Sure enough it was the two men I had seen just a few minutes earlier. We had all made it to the corral just seconds before the starting horn.
|approaching the start|
|crossing the start|
Just a moment after the start I spotted that adorable cheer-leading troop again-
|this is the steepest of all the hills in Central Park|
|Thumbs up for pride!|
|Mile 1! Only 4 to go!|
|dang, it's warm!|
|yes, it's that building again!|
As I ran, I was enjoying the sights but also looking for people I knew. Surprisingly, I never found any of them - even though many of my running pals were at this event.
Even though I didn't see them, I did notice the fun and festive feel to this run. Some runs have a real feel-good mood to them, and this was one of them. Yay, pride!
|Mile 2! Hello!|
I'm not sure if these gals were part of the same running club or just happened to be wearing the same shirt (I saw them at different points in the run) but they were easily my favorite shirts of the day. They say "Taste my rainbow"...
|So racy, I love it!|
Then, in the distance, I saw a beautiful silhouette of pink tulle. I did my best to catch up and get a photo (but I really wanted to steal it for myself). I mean, come on, how cute would I look in this thing on the Hello Kitty Cruiser?!
|Pardon me sir, but I MUST know where you got that tulle skirt!|
|me and that chick are totally walking|
It was only a matter of time before we hit that other famous hill - Cat Hill!
|these boys were adorabs!|
That last mile was a little rough but I knew it was almost over. The finish line was within reach. And once I saw those rainbow flags ahead, I knew I was close!
|I love you ladies!|
While the thought of the cold refreshing treat was very tempting, it was loaded with ingredients I don't consume and I knew it wouldn't last long in the heat for me to bring it to anyone else. So I knew I had to find someone to trade with. And fast, before it melted.
Just then I caught up to a group of runners in very cool matching t-shirts. I had seen the two women on the left while I was running and told them I loved their shirts. The font made me think of cool album covers circa 1982. (Not to mention it's my favorite colors!) I had a sneaking suspicion it was not a running group, but a band name. Sure enough, they confirmed that Vinyl Black Stilettos are a band. (I've since googled the band and found them on myspace. And what do you know? I LOVE THEM!) I asked to take a photo of them, which they let me do. And I was even luckier that one of them traded me the push pop for pretzels.
|Thanks for trading my push up pop for your pretzels, guy in the middle!|
I still didn't see any of my friends that I knew were at the event, but I couldn't stick around. I had another beach date planned with Amanda. So I made my way back to where I had locked up my bike. As I did, I passed the Finish Line again and asked the BGR members to pose for me.
|Looking awesome ladies... As usual!|
|Making my way down 5th Ave. And yes, that's an apple in my bra. No, this is not a good look.|
First, I helped a lone cyclist. He was also wearing a number from the run and asked if, by any chance, I was going to the 59th St Bridge (I was) and if so, could I lead the way. I sure could! So we rode together and chatted about the race - how nice it was, but hot. When I got him to the base of the bridge, I knew he was all set. I told him to go ahead and not wait for me.
Then I did my second good deed... at the base of the bridge, on the Manhattan side, there is often a homeless guy. Sometimes a few. I knew I was going to give him/them my snacks. On this particular morning, it was one guy and he was asleep. I left my apple and bag of pretzels near him but carefully, without waking him up. Someone else had left him 2 bottles of water. I hope he enjoyed his surprise treats when he woke up.
|Riding home over the 59th St Bridge, Queens bound|
|I usually wear my number all the way home. I think it looks bad-ass|
Back at home I snapped a quick photo in my official racing shirt... but posed with the bikini bottoms I was wearing to the beach that day.
And then it was off to the beach!
On my way to meet Amanda, I caught a "You Go Girl" piece I never noticed before. I'm not sure when this one went up but I really like the color scheme.
|You Go Girl!|
We rode to the beach, deviating slightly from our usual route. The fun thing about mixing up our route is that there are always new sights! I loved this "Greetings from Sheepshead Bay' sign at the subway stop.
Before long, we were in Fort Tilden, making our way to our favorite section of the beach. Doesn't the scenery behind me look fake?
|of course there are tissues in my bra. what else is new? #StupidAllergies|
|Every part of me is a different color|
Our usual spot of beach was nearly over-run. In fact, it's been way more crowded all this year compared to last year. Here's some pics from our time on Fort Tilden this glorious afternoon:
|Greetings from beautiful Fort Tilden!|
|my Hello Kitty beach towel|
|what a gorgeous day, right?|
|strategically placed sea shells|
After we had our fun in the sun & surf, we rode out another 5 miles to our final destination -- Rock, Rock, Rockaway Beach -- for nourishment.
|seagulls are the cutest!|
|Amanda, me, Jaci on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk|
|panda captures the kite machine in all its glory|
|Leaving Fort Tilden :( Amanda from the back|
|Along the parkway - Me from the front|
|This is that one section between the beach & parkway that's not paved at all. We have to walk our bikes through it. The sand is too deep to ride.|
Back in Brooklyn, after Amanda & I split, I took a few shots along Bedford Ave -
|I love this shot - not just for the shape of the rooftops, but for the plane in the sky|
|and this is one of my favorite buildings in Brooklyn - the Studebaker Building|
|I call this one moon over Myrtle|
|how cute are they?|
|They had Hennepin on tap - my favorite!|
Finally, after that beer, I knew it was time to go home. Here are my stats for the running and biking I did on this awesome fun-packed summer day.
I haven't had much time to write lately (obviously). Posts I'm behind on:
- The Queens 10K
- The Tour de Queens
- June Recap
Oh and Happy Birthday to my Grandma Margie, who would have been 85 today. She was always so proud of me. XO Pussycat, RIP