My Sunday Runday

10 Sep
 Today was awesome.  So awesome I feel like writing about it.  After skipping my runs earlier in the week due to that silly head cold, I was more than ready to get in some mileage this morning.

Before I write about my stellar run, let me quickly say how proud I am of my dad!  This morning he ran the Heads Up Half Marathon in Concord, NH…finishing in 2:04:45! Way to go Dad! Looks like I’m going to have to pick up my pace to stay with him during the Staten Island Half next month! 

And now, back to me. 🙂

My alarm went off at 6:45am and I spent a few minutes trying to convince Rocky to spoon with me.  He wasn’t having it, so I got up and had oatmeal with peanut butter and a big glass of water. I strapped on my fuel belt and Asics and headed out.  
The weather was absolutely perfect: mid-60s and sunny.
To get 12 miles in, my plan was to run down to Queensboro plaza, over the bridge, add 1.5 miles in Central Park and turn around and run back.  

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with the QB Bridge construction, but half of the bike path is torn up and with the storms this weekend, it was a puddly (not a word…) mess.  I quickly decided to scrap my original run plan.  

I knew I could easily add 6ish miles in Central Park and hop on the subway back to Astoria.  As soon as I crossed over 5th Ave, I got excited about my new plan.  I’ve run a few races in CP but rarely get over there for training.  

In a city where everyone is always in a big stinkin hurry, it’s really nice to slow down and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Central Park.  So I did.

I ran infamous Cat Hill.
And around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.  Twice.  Smiling the whole way. I really got distracted by the beauty of this city and it was awesome.
When I finally snapped out of my happy place, I finished the last few miles on the Bridle Path. 12 miles at 10:16 pace.  Other than a tight quad and achy hip, I felt great on this run.  
After my run, it was time for weekly grocery shopping.  And football.  And of course an afternoon nap!
Finally, after some studying and more football, I cracked a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  It’s the perfect taste-of-fall beer and is a great ending to my awesome day!

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