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