You Might Be a New York City Runner If…

I moved to New York after having lived and run in the Denver and Chicago suburbs.

I mastered the head nod or itty bitty wave for the early morning trails on the Highline Canal, where I would invariably acknowledge every other human being I passed on my morning run.

I learned to run against traffic so there are two sets of eyes looking out for me, not one. I also waived to the drivers as they slowed down to pass me.

I dutifully passed on the left and hugged the right side of whatever sidewalk I chose to pound my cross country miles on that day.

New York City is a different animal, and entirely different beast all together. We have our own rules and our own quirks. Here are my Top 10 “You Might Be a New York City Runner If…”

1. You see the same person every time you run but neither of you ever acknowledge the other’s existence.

2. Your run includes multiple boroughs. Or states.

Where Brooklyn at?

Where Brooklyn at?

3. You bring cab fare or a Metro card with you when you long run.

4. You know the run routes through boroughs that you don’t know how to get to by train or car.

5. You are more paranoid of being hit by a bicyclist than a car.

6. Your runs regularly include going over at least one bridge.

Bridges!

Bridges!

7. You run through neighborhoods you would never consider walking through.

8. On any given day in Central Park, you might see nuns on roller skates, a guy juggling while running, and Meb Keflezighi all on the same run.

9. You accidentally crash the JP Morgan Chase Challenge and audibly groan when you realize what you’ve done.

10. People say “The Park” and you know they mean Central Park.

What are your “You Might Be a New York City Runner If…” moments? Or maybe your city has its own little quirks. Tell me about it in the comments and I’ll feature my favorites on Friday!

Now go out and run.

The Cupcake Run

I like cake.

My love of cake started very young with ice cream cakes from Carvel.

My love of cake started very young with ice cream cakes from Carvel.

I mean, what’s not to like?

As I honed my baking skills, I often made cakes for dessert. Lucky me, I have a big family and there was not usually too much left over for any one of use to indulge in for more than two days.

Not so now, as it’s only JB and me. Trouble in Bakery Land.

Always Mom's helper when it comes to Christmas cookies. Plus, I get first dibs on them straight out of the oven!

Always Mom’s helper when it comes to Christmas cookies. Plus, I get first dibs on them straight out of the oven! Note the cupcake pajama bottoms.

Thankfully, in New York City, there are plenty of places to get just one cupcake. And they are all different and hit the spot, depending on what I’m craving.

So why not pair two of my favorite things for one great cause?

Cupcakes + running + fundraising for Team Challenge = awesome way to spend a Saturday!

Hello, Cupcake Run!

Details:

  • What: The Cupcake Run
  • Where: Central Park 72nd Street Transverse at the top of the steps in front of Bethesda Fountain
  • When: Saturday, May 25th at 8:30am
  • Cost: $10 donation to the CCFA via my fundraising page OR $10 cash at the race :)
  • Bonus: After the race, enjoy cupcakes from different local bakeries AND buy raffle tickets ($5/each) for my amazing raffle (psssst…don’t forget about the villa for 10 in Mexico that’s up for grabs!)
  • Course: 4 mile 72nd St. Transverse to 102nd St. Transverse loop + 1 mile to the Lululemon store on 3rd Ave between 66th & 67th Sts. where the cupcakes will be!
What's that you say? You like winning prizes? I got you covered all over the place.

What’s that you say? You like winning prizes? I got you covered all over the place.

How do you register in advance? Make a $10 (or more!) donation here. How do you show up and register? Bring $10 on the morning of the run and give it to me to get your race “bib”. Don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle!

Questions?

  • Is this an official race? No.
  • Will there be time chips or a gun start? No.
  • Is this a fun run that anyone can do? Yes.
  • Do I have to run the whole 5 mile course? No.
  • Will there be cupcakes for the runners bringing up the rear? As long as you’re at the store before 9:30am.
  • Can I run it remotely? Sure. I just can’t ship you cupcakes!
If I can find them, there will be Bronx Bombers cupcakes. Go Yankees!

If I can find them, there will be Bronx Bombers cupcakes. Go Yankees!

Can’t wait to see you all out there next weekend. Don’t forget to tell your friends.

Admit it, you always want a cupcake after you run. Here’s your chance.

Now go out and run!

#BostonStrongNYC

My last marathon was Philly in the Fall of 2011. I didn’t know the course that well and had never run the streets of Philadelphia. In New York, I know the danger zones for potholes and curbs and all that good stuff. Not so much in Philly.

At mile 8, I tripped in the middle of the street and went crashing down in a giant pack of people. I spent approximately .013 seconds on the ground before I was scooped up by three male runners who barely missed a stride before planting me on my feet and sending me on my way to finishing my 9th marathon.

Yaaaaaaay Philly!

Yaaaaaaay Philly!

I’m still in awe of that kind of support from perfect strangers. And then I’m not because that’s just how the running community is.

We pick each other up and help each other finish.

That’s what we did on Monday in Central Park. 300 of my closest friends got together to show support for those killed and injured in Boston last week, our running community, and the entire city of Boston.

Take a look.

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The following photos are courtesy of Eric Stafford (do not reproduce images without permisison) whom you should really use for your next fitness event/shoot cuz he’s pretty rad.

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The idea was conceived by Brian Kelly, and I had two fabulous women who chipped in to make our event happen, Christine Yu and Julia Bienstock. Many thanks to American Apparel for donating the shirts so that we could raise money for The One Fund. Thanks to the fabulous Eric Stafford took some photos for us and, of course, to the Runner Army of New York City who showed up big time.

You guys rock.

Now go out and run.

Coming Together: NYC

In the running community, we come together to cope with tragedy.

Next Monday, all over the country, runners will be coming together for a few miles to run. We’ll run to remember. We’ll run to forget. We’ll run to mourn. We’ll run to celebrate. We’ll run TOGETHER.

NYC runners will meet Monday, April 22nd at 6:30pm at Tavern on the Green for as many or as few miles as you’d like. Wear a race shirt or the Boston Marathon colors: blue and yellow.

Questions? Email me: runstrongereveryday@gmail.com

This is as informal as it comes, so bring everyone.

If you would like to participate in your city, find out if someone is organizing for Monday via Pavement Runner’s blog.

Boston-strong-cityNow go out and run.

 

Wednesday Workout: I Don’t Wanna

I usually enjoy my workout days. I like working hard. I like short, fast workouts.

Not today. Maybe I should have taken the Deathly Hallows-looking park entrance as a sign.

Weeeeeird fog at the park entrance this morning. Ominous side or just cool air + warm park lake? You decide.

Weeeeeird fog at the park entrance this morning. Ominous side or just cool air + warm park lake? You decide.

I felt ok warming up and getting to the park but not my usual ready-to-go self after a mile warmup. I blame last night’s 2 mile plus weights at the gym. And sleeping like crap on Sunday night. And I was running on rolling hills, not a flat track. And I am still building back up, not maintaining.

Or maybe it was just a crappy workout.

Craaaaaazy humidity this morning! Not that this matters so much in my pace but, who knows.

Craaaaaazy humidity this morning! Not that this matters so much in my pace but, who knows.

I loved the weather and could not be happier to have my runs done in the morning instead of the afternoon. I just couldn’t get going on my mile repeats. I didn’t bring a watch (thank God) but I definitely was working hard regardless of my pace.

I did 2 repeats with a mile in between to catch my breath. So I met my mileage for the day but didn’t complete all 3 mile repeats. Sigh.

I just didn’t wanna.

I was tired and weighed my options. I could push through the third repeat and probably go so slowly that it would no longer be a benefit to increasing my speed OR I could jog out between sets, give the 2 my all, and head home.

I chose the latter. Because tomorrow is another day and I got stuff to do.

Beastly. Sweaty. Happy to be done.

Beastly. Sweaty. Happy to be done.

And that’s what it really comes down to for me. If one workout sucks, I cut my losses and move on. I got my mileage. I worked hard. I knew I was done.

Know when you’re done. The likelihood that the one repeat I didn’t is going to majorly affect your race time is absurdly non-existant. Get over it. Be done. Try again tomorrow.

How was your Workout Wednesday? Did you rock it or was it a struggle like mine? I hope you guys are all enjoying this Indian Summer and getting outside. Have you ever thrown in the towel during a workout because you were just done? Please tell me I’m not the only one…

Now go out and run!