Joy and pain
Like sunshine and rain
Joy and pain
Like sunshine and rain
Yeah, couldn’t resist digging up some old-school lyrics (if u call the 80’s old-school…hehe.) But I just had the song in my head, as “joy and pain” seemed to sum up this past holiday weekend…thankfully much, much more joy than pain! 🙂 Oh yeah-I love long holiday weekends!!
Holiday weekend doesn’t mean I get out of doing a long run tho, and I had 15 on tap this weekend. Thankfully, I had some great company, as me, Bridges Runner and Maria took on the GWB, the Palisades and the West Side Highway. Fun? Yes!! Easy? No 👿
Now I think the last time I trekked over the GWB on foot was 3 years ago with the Flyers…but this Palisades Run had a bit of a twist. Yep, instead of heading out and back on River Road, we hit some semi-hidden trails instead. Well I guess they aren’t really secret, but I never would have known about them otherwise…I almost felt like we were entering a secret passageway or something when I saw the entrance to the trails by one of the stairs on the NJ side of the bridge. The trails were nice and shady, which was very welcome, even with it being relatively early and not that warm yet. But we definitely had to watch our footing…remember that. The trails were mostly flattish with the exception of two places…one being a steep decline on uneven terrain…was almost slowing to a walk there. Surprisingly enough I stayed vertical there…which I couldn’t say the same for a few minutes after-yep I lost my footing and went down. (yet somehow a certain reflex in me stopped my Garmin right away. Guess I’ve done this before.) Thankfully nothing was broken-just had a pretty scraped right elbow which really looked worse than it actually felt. And thankfully Maria was prepared with a little package full of baby wipe-type things for me to clean up a little with, until I got to some water fountains and could do a better job.
So once I sort of got my bearings, we continued on, to the toughest part of our run-the “cliff stairs” heading up to where the approach to the bridge was. Let me say, my quads are still feeling those things today….that shit was tough!! I thought I was in decent shape before, but I’m not too sure now. (Oh, and the height of those steps does not cater to those with short stubby legs like mine.) Never thought I’d be so glad to run across the the GWB again…and boy I welcomed the flat road of the West Side Highway!! The rest of the run flew by, and next thing we knew we were in the 50s and 15 miles were done. We definitely earned those burgers and beers at Chelsea Brewery!! Nice day to sit outside and eat, drink, chill out and gab about stuff like if Lady Gaga’s song “Alejandro” really does sound like Ace of Base, the new iPhone, and various other things 🙂
But that wasn’t it for the day…after a well-deserved nap, and watching the Prefontaine Classic on TV (did anyone else think the NBC coverage SUCKED? No mention of Chris Solinsky’s time in the 5000 or Andrew Wheating’s time in the mile?), headed to the Boat Basin…wanted to take advantage of the fact that people were out of town and that it wasn’t too crowded to sit out back (where there is a good view of the river and sunset) and sip some margaritas 🙂
Sunday was the 4th and would be yet another fun day!! Started it off with a short run on the bridle path, then headed up to Da Bronx for my first Yankee game this year 😀 Saw some awesome plays like Brett Gardner’s inside the park home run, but some heartbreaking ones like 3 Yanks (including Nick Swisher twice!) getting thrown out at home. (I swear the home plate umpire must have gotten dismissed from the World Cup or something…) Just one of them coulda prevented the extra innings…as unfortunately Mo blew the save and I had to leave at the end of the 9th 😦 But as it turned out, the Yanks did win in the bottom of the 10th-doh, I missed the usual pie in the face after a walkoff win! 😛 But I had to get home, cleaned up, and back out the door for a get-together that included some very good food and drink, and then staking out a spot on the West Side Highway to watch the fireworks!! The fireworks show was great, and it surprisingly was not crowded-I remember the couple of years I lived in Murray Hill and trekked to the FDR to watch the fireworks and it was packed-and took forever to get out!!
And today being a scorcher-thankfully a running rest day!! But was perfect to sleep in, get some errands done, do some stretching, foam rolling, lifting and ab work in the air-conditioned NYSC, then partake in Cilantro‘s Monday nite $10 fajitas!! (Not to mention a nice refreshing margarita…yum!!!) Do I really have to go back to work tomorrow?
I leave you with a great pic of the fireworks from last nite (thx Bridges Runner!) Happy 4th! 🙂