Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday Shenanigans

Saturday morning was my longest run in quite a while, but I wasn't nervous about it at all. I was actually really excited to get out there and put in some quality miles on the road. We had some nasty weather towards the end of the week, but Saturday morning was a different story.
I had laid everything out the night before so I wouldn't have to waste time doing that in the morning. Got up, had an Akmak cracker with PB and raisins, a cup of green tea, some water and got ready. Per usual, right before I was about to leave I had a second thought and decided to switch hats. I had gotten out a baseball cap but when I heard it was 'a little breezy' and felt like 35' I opted for the winter hat. I hate running with cold ears! Then, I was out.

Right away when I started running at Wall St at the river, I was hit by strong wind that was fighting against me. I was glad I had changed hats but wondered if I'd make it through the run with this wind. Thankfully when I made the turn north at Battery Park, I was running more with than wind than against it and could relax a little. There were quite a few other people out enjoying the nice day but the paths weren't too crowded. What I liked most about this route is that I was able to avoid traffic for about the first 75% of the route! I also ran along the river, which was nice and could take the path that provides a little buffer of trees and buildings between me and the road. The only hills were the last two miles. West 59th St has a massive hill that lasts about two long city blocks, but I had no trouble getting up it. The few hills I climbed in Central Park were no trouble either. I was armed with my new Nathan handheld waterbottle and a Gu, that I took around 6 miles. It was a great run and I enjoyed this route! I actually finished outside of the park along CPW so I could take a cool-down walk to Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and then jump on the subway to head home.

After I got home and cleaned up, Woody and I headed to Brooklyn to check out the Brooklyn Flea. I wanted to take Woody here before it moves outside because of the amazingly beautiful space it's in. We checked out the vendors, found a few vintage postcards with our apartment building on it, and stopped for some food.

It was a fun afternoon but I was ready to relax by the time we got home. I definitely recommend checking out the Brooklyn Flea if you're in the area.

FYI - I started reading Matt Long's book, The Long Run yesterday and the only reason why I put it down was because I had to make dinner. It literally has taken my breath away at points.
  • Are you fond of flea markets?
  • What was the best part of your weekend?
Saturday's workout -
8 mile run

Sunday's workout -
60 min elliptical
3x12 hammer curls
3x10 bicep curls
3x10 weighted side bends
3x10 lat pull down
100 jumping jacks
lots of stretching

Today's workout -
3 mile run
3x10 cable push down
3x12 leg press
3x12 upright row
100 crunches
3x10 glute kick-back
lots of stretching & foam rolling


Anonymous said...

Awesome long run!

The best part of my weekend was the amaaaaazing weather we had here. It felt like summer!

Penny said...

Looks like you had a good run over the weeekend. That is awesome. I am reading The Long Run too. It's good. Lisa, Hope your dad is doing good after his eye surgery.

Lisa said...

@penny Thanks for checking on my Dad! I meant to write something in my post this morning; he's doing incredibly well after the surgery! Actually, it's pretty amazing to me to hear that he's actually driving without glasses. I've never seen him do anything without his glasses! It's pretty amazing and I'm so thankful that it went so well!

Copychic said...

I just finished the Long Run and it was a really great book and incredibly inspiring. Nice run too! Will have to check out the Brooklyn Flea the next time we're in New York :)

gracekelle said...

So glad you enjoyed the beautiful day with a long run. You're going to rock your half!

Lauren said...

Fun weekend and great job on your long run! I do like flea markets, they are just hard to find in Boston.

I am glad to hear your dad is doing better!

Christine said...

Glad you're enjoying the book! I don't read a ton on non-fiction but burned through it in a weekend.

Molly said...

I always think I burn more calories during a windy run, because you have to work harder. Probably not true, but it makes me feel better! Nice run!

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