Baby went to "Camp Nonna" last Thursday morning, and we boarded a plane for the east coast. Not only was the traveling smooth, it was quiet and relaxed and super fast. Having done something hundreds of times (flying to or from ORD and LGA) makes it quite seamless. Seconds after we threw our stuff into our hotel (first time staying in a hotel in manhattan), we were dressed in running clothes and out the door - Central Park bound.
Central Park is, hands down, my favorite place to run. There is just something about it - it's simply amazing.
|all i see is belly, but i'm in "the park"|
|sundown on midtown|
The next day I skipped running to visit my previous place of employment and also see some friends. It was great to see so many smiling faces and receive so many caring hugs. I bottled up the love. It was an exhausting day with all the catching up, but so worth it. Such good people.
Saturday morning I was eager to get back into the park for a run. My friend JH agreed to go with me, and we planned to do the inner loop (4 miles). I was pleased to see that this run wasn't too challenging, even with the hills I am not used to. Cat Hill came and went, as did the west hills. I took this pic while we were running.
Somewhere in the middle of the run, we stopped for a water break and I ran into a Flyer teammate. It seemed like everyone was running in the park that morning, so it wasn't surprising I crossed paths with someone I knew. We caught up a bit and then headed on our way. I took this last pic at the end of the run just to get another shot of the drive. They had those gates up due to the Global Citizen Festival which was held that night on the great lawn - Alicia Keys was one of the performers, which was fun to find out because I had the pleasure of making her acquaintance during my career as a teacher. Of course I had to make jokes that she was there because she knew I'd be in town and wanted to say hello :). Even if that's not true - she still rocks!
My last and final run was Sunday morning. I had to make it quick, since we had a check out deadline and an early afternoon flight home. I picked the bridle path and stretched my run to 3 miles. Here are two pics on route.
And this one was taken near the end of the run.
|with running buddy JH|
|gated west drive|
I made sure this final run ended at LeVain Bakery. Obviously, refueling with a giant cookie (or even just a quarter of one - they are huge!) seemed like the perfect way to close out my run. And it was. For the record, I typically get the chocolate chip walnut one, which did not disappoint. We also picked up an assortment of cookies to bring back in a gift box for the family.
In sum, I ran a total of ten miles in my favorite park this weekend, which pretty much still felt like a second home. Time and distance may separate us, but it will always be an old friend ready to welcome me back with open arms (even when parts are gated off for a ticketed event..).
The rest of our trip was wonderful - it was pretty much perfect. I'm so happy I got to see so many friends as well as my favorite parts of the city. Thanks so much to my family who stepped in to mind Baby while we were gone. From what I heard, she had just as much fun as we did.
As far as menu planning goes, New York stuffed me practically to death, even though I had no appetite for most of the time I was there. Eating was rough going, which was frustrating and ironic, given that we dined at some real gems. I did my best, but my stomach was not cooperating. Now that we are back, I'm in no mood to plan meals for the week, so that will be on hold until I'm up for it.
*Edit: came up with three meals for this week. We will be away again this weekend so here is the deal:
Tuesday: hummus wraps --> hummus (store bought), cucumber, tomato, olives, spinach, and feta in wraps or pita
Wednesday - kale and white bean panzanella (snagged idea from Mommy, Run Fast - this looked too good and i'm not going to pass up a chance to squeeze in one more panzanella before fall. plus we have bread from before we left for nyc, so this should work out nicely)
Thursday - brie and apple sandwiches (made these in the summer and they were delicious!) might supplement with spinach salad on the side.