Adventureland Running

I am an adventurer! I went to another island!

Manhattan is a relatively small island. 13 miles north to south, 3 miles at its widest. There are only so many places to run whilst kickin’ it long run-style. I’ve run to New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Queens on my runs…but never took the plunge into the middle of the Harlem River.

I took the road/bridge less traveled and ran on over to an island other than my own during my long run on Sunday. I had hoped to explore safely with a friend, but Gia kept falling down last week and decided it was best for her not to join me. Good call, G.

I decided to forgo music in favor of a funny podcast (or 4) to listen to while I ran forever my long run.

4 shows = 1 long run.

4 shows = 1 long run.

I love Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on NPR. Peter Sagal is a long-time runner and sometimes contributor to Runner’s World Magazine. He and the panel’s funny quips kept me laughing right out loud during a very. long. run.

I ran to the most masculine island in the city of New York, Randall’s Island. You might be asking why there’s so much testosterone over there. Well, this little island in the middle of the East River (technically the Harlem River on one side, East River on the other) houses the NYC Firefighter Academy, Icahn Stadium, and countless sports fields.

Over the {Harlem} River and on the {103rd St. foot} bridge to Randall’s Island we go!

There was a serious party happening on the tiny island of Randalls.

There was a serious party happening on the tiny Isle of Randalls.

I was nervous at first going all by myself, having only ever been to the Firefighter portion of the island, but was pleasantly surprised to find a huge BBQ happening just on the other side of the foot bridge. There were also many a baseball and soccer game happening on the various fields.

Big plus? Bathrooms and water fountains everywhere. You go on with your bad self, Randall’s Island!

Not so great? A path that led to nowhere.

This trail abruptly ended at one of these large cement beams holding up a bridge. You know what else doesn't belong? my giant finger.

This trail abruptly ended at one of these large cement beams holding up a bridge. Love my giant thumb in the picture. Excellent mid-run photography skills.

I could have run farther north on the island but turned around when my watch beeped so I could get home and not run an entire marathon in the process.

It was so freeing to run somewhere new but know I was just a short jaunt from my little home island. A serious bonus is that it’s an island…soooooo, surrounded by water = breezy with beautiful views. I could not have asked for a more sunny, mid-70s, low humidity day for my adventurous long run. So fun!

In short? Great place to run. Flat place to run. I will be back. Probably soon. Also, I am hooked on running to podcasts. Best switch ever.

On a side note, JB has taught me it’s easier to open bananas from the bottom. Genius. I’m sure I’m late to the party, but there we are.

This was a revelation to me, a long-time banana fan.

This was a revelation to me, a long-time banana fan.

Where have you run lately that was new and an adventure? Did you do it alone or with a friend? Disaster, success, or somewhere in between? I’m dying to run somewhere all woody and nature-like after my trip to Colorado. But, you know, without mosquitos or bears. 

Now go out and run!

Summer Runnin

…havin a blaaaast! Summer runnin, happened SO faaaaaaast.

Seriously. Where did Spring go?

Oh yes, Summer has arrived in NYC. Whether it’s a disgustingly sticky day like it was Monday and Tuesday or a beautiful crisp one like today, this is a New York City Summer for sure.

The early stages of my AWESOME sock tan line. I will be full-on farmer in a few short weeks.

The early stages of my AWESOME sock tan line. I will be full-on farmer in a few short weeks.

I’m an early-bird runner. Up and done by 8am. The bonus of early-bird running in the Summertime?

  1. Fewer tan lines
  2. Quiet city streets
  3. Cooler temperatures
  4. Happy hour (which I experienced for the first time in MANY years last night–Tuesday night tacos? Half price mojitos? Don’t mind if I do!)
  5. Work out amnesia –> easier to do the double workout

#5 specifically: Marathon training season is upon us = more miles. Sometimes I do doubles during the week so I can get more mileage in without having to go for more than an hour at a time.

Morning workouts allow for me to completely forget I already ran and do another easy run in the evening without hating every one of those last four or five miles of the day.

To make morning runs easier on days that I’m not training a client, I get up with my husband in the 5 o’clock hour and head out the door with him.

All my gear in one place because, let's face it, at 6am I'm definitely forgetting my sunglasses for my East River run directly into the sunrise.

All my gear in one place because, let’s face it, at 6am I’m definitely forgetting my sunglasses for my East River run directly into the sunrise.

Sometimes I make a plan to meet friends for an early morning workout.

Friends that sweat together at dawn...I don't know. There are only, like, two friends of mine who will do this with me.

Friends that sweat together at dawn…are likely sleep-deprived.

Surviving Summer runs and not being completely depleted for the day starts with immediate rehydration upon finishing. I don’t usually drink too much during weekly runs but I absolutely refuel when I stop.

Nuun to the rescue!

Magic, glowing, lemon-colored rehydrating stuff!

Magic, glowing, lemon-colored rehydrating stuff!

Let’s face it, I sweat more than your average bear. Seriously. I’d be sweating through my scrubs and people would be all, “Ummm…are you ok? You’re sweating an awful lot” and I’m like, “No worries. Just, uh, you know…hot?”

And in these temps, water ain’t gonna bring back the electrolytes, you know what I’m sayin?

In short, this Summer’s runs so far are brought to you by JB’s alarm clock, my awesome Oakley shades, and Nuun.

Now go out and run!

Tell me: What’s getting you through your Summer runs?

 

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.

 

What Marathon?

Hello from post-Sandy New York City! JB and I are just fine, have power and no flooding. In other words, we are the luckiest people on the island of Manhattan.

Just outside our apartment building.

Down the block.

As I walked around my part of town and surveyed the damage, I became even more appreciative of our good fortune. Many of my friends and classmates are without power, cell phones, and all the amenities that go along with that infrastructure. And there is no end in site for them, as Con Ed works to get the power back on.

Pumping out one of the basements in Stuy Town.

This was washed ashore A FULL CITY BLOCK and demolished a car. Thankfully, it wasn’t a person.

This storm was no joke. People were killed. People are now homeless. NYU Langone Medical Center lost power and had to transport more than 200 patients to other hospitals in the middle of the night last night. Thankfully, we have a massive team of First Responders here to help.

Ready to go.

Thankfully, we still have a President who believes FEMA is important enough to fund.

Our city is trying desperately to hold it together and help one another. Downtowners, come on uptown. We got you. Our beloved Central Park is being cleaned up. Our Rivers are still washing stuff onto running paths. We have a lot to do to bring our city back to normal.

The sirens have been going all day and night. I’m just glad they’re responding to emergencies.

Debris under the FDR.

The clean-up effort has already begun and is tremendous. I high-fived a sanitation worker over on Avenue C today who was kind enough to smile at me as I passed by his job site (a massive tree that had toppled over). The city services are out in force!

The scene from Broad St. into a below ground parking garage this afternoon.

One of the tunnels that merges with the FDR downtown.

But we have a long, long way to go before things are back to where they need to be in order for us to get back to school and work and life. You know what the last thing on my mind is?

The New York City Marathon.

Yes, I am part of the Medical Team. But right now, my efforts and energy are elsewhere.

Both Bloomberg & Wittenberg say the marathon will happen and I believe them. There is far too much money in it for them to cancel such a main event for the city. It will turn into some “enduring spirit of New York-ers” sort of PR event and the city will make lots and lots of money.

I don’t care.

I feel for you who have trained for it and would be so, so disappointed if it were cancelled. I do. I’ve been there. But you know what? Let’s put things into perspective and quit bombarding the {New York} Road Runners Facebook page and Twitter account with your panicked messages.

It’s going to happen. Come as planned. Quit your bitching.

Yada, yada, yada, the bleachers are up. Quit freaking out.

That’s two days in a row that I’ve sworn on my blog. I supposed hurricanes bring out my saucy side.

As for my New York neighbors, there are plenty of places to volunteer now that we are all out of work and school for a few days:

Our NYC Marathon Medical Team needs more volunteers since so many docs were pulled away because of Sandy. Email me: runstrongereveryday{at)gmail{dot)com if you are a medical professional or student who would like to volunteer on Marathon Sunday.

Please, give of your time, your talent, and your resources to help those who are in need and those who are helping to get our fairy city back on her feet. If anything, just be thankful it wasn’t you. And quit bitching about the marathon.

(There I go again…)

Now go out and run!

PS. I will see all of you at Flywheel Sports (11:30am @ JCC), luluelmon E 66th St., and the Javits Center tomorrow. Sweating, hugging, and volunteering. Hope to see some of you there! 

Wednesday Workout: The Double Down

Hump Day! Yaaaaaaaaay! I bet you’re all pumped that Friday is almost here. I sure am. More orientation for school on Friday for me, which means that I start school in only a few short day.

WHAT? I START SCHOOL ON MONDAY?!?! 

Wait, wait, wait! I’m not ready! No, really, I don’t know anything! I definitely don’t think I’m ready to be a doctoral candidate!

*deep breath*

Yes, I am. I know some stuff. I’m ready as I’ll ever be.

Ok, now that my panic attack is done, I want to share something so fun with ya’ll. Remember how yesterday’s BTAT was all about Social Media and finding a community for whatever you might need support in your life (hello, IBD community!)? Well, funny thing happened on Twitter yesterday.

NYC meet-up! Yay!

One of my favorite runner bloggers, Janae, shot out an invite to meet up for lunch tomorrow while she’s in town for an event. So fun, right? See how Social Media can bring people together? Fun, fun, fun. Can’t wait to finally meet her and gab about all the important things such as: What toppings do you always put on your fro-yo? and Who really has the best salad bar ever? Burning questions, I tell you.

As for today, I am doing a double-whammy workout. Walked 1.5 miles home from the doctor and will walk another 2 miles to and from {my favorite place to be in NYC} luluelmon for a team meet-up.

Double Down workouts can be a really great tool to training when you do them right. Recently, lots of my friends have been doing Ragnar Relays and other overnight/100+ mile relays. First off, I am totally forming a team for next spring. Look out, world, I will be running with a headlamp and there’s no stopping me. Second, SO FUN! I love a team event.

Three cheers for Team KOB!!!!

The other reason to give a Double Down a try is that you sometimes just don’t have the time for a long run, am I right? I mean, it’s tough to get 10 miles in before work (aka before the sun is beating down and cooking you like a sausage). Why not hit up 7 comfortable miles in the morning and hammer out 3 after the sun goes down? And what better way to burn a few extra calories than to split up your workouts with 12 hours of sitting in a chair.

So next time you’re…

  • Too tired to do the full mileage in one swoop
  • Short on time
  • Interested in burning a few more calories in your day
  • Want to add a little bit more mileage
  • Looking to increase your endurance
  • Want to meet up with the run club that night but they aren’t running as long as you need to that day
  • Looking to catch up with a friend for some slower miles after work but need to get some speed work in that day, too
  • Have to unexpectedly cut a workout short

…do a Double Down. Don’t be afraid. Try it once a week (no more) and see how it goes.

Now go out and run.