Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Running in NYC...It Doesn't Get Any Better than That!

As I set the wake up call for 06:30 AM, ready to begin a new day, I can't stop thinking about starting my day off with a crisp run through the city and ending with a hot cup of Joe. I lay my head down on the pillow and start to doze off. The alarm sounds to classical music (or so I thought). White noise began to jet out from the clock radio. I try to hit the snooze button before I wake up the kids and my wife. I do get one glare as if it were the red eyes of a wolf ready to pounce. I gently try to glide out of bed like a stealth bomber trying to go undetected. Luckily I set my running gear out the night before and manage to slip it on and exit the room virtually undetected. Now for what I've been waiting for.
I stroll down to the lobby with my music booming and my eyes wide open. As I spin through the turnstile door, all I can do is look up at the large buildings in amazement. Okay, where to run. I synced my satellites on my 405 and hang a left. Pumped and roaring to go I set out on a fast pace (for me at least). As I approach lights, I try to time them like an ambulance chaser looking for his next pay check. On lights that I can't catch, I hang a left so I can keep it going. I have no strategy except Run, NYC, Run... The streets are busy, but I manage them as if I was a teenager doing parkour. I happen upon Central Park, or at least I think so. I take it and circle. I'm now half way through my planned 5 and now I head back. Oh shit...echoed through my head...I forgot the address...I try to reverse navigate using a similar but not quite same path home. At that point I realize I can set my HOME feature on the 405 and start my trek back to the hotel. What a feature. Very cool. I finally turn the corner and see my hotel. I can honestly say, no dirty looks, no up tight bikers, or aggressive dogs. The only worry was timing the lights, cabs, and figuring out how to get home. Now to look for a good cup of Joe. Next to the hotel, I found a small Turkish/Greek deli that served nescafe and thought I was in heaven until I asked for it to go. Go, No, the Barista said. To go, please, I replied. Go, No, the Barista repeated. I returned a Okay sign and said as long as you don't mind my sweat. The Barista replied, Its Okay, but you have to deal with my sweat too. I busted out laughing and enjoyed my cup of Joe with the paper. After settling on the bill, I headed back to the room to find the kids were sleeping and my wife watching the TV, so I jumped into the shower and was ready to start the day only to think about the next NYC run.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Running is a Priority, Make It Work For You!

   Do you have kids?  Do you work late? Do you go to school at night?  Do you finish your list of to-dos? Do you have health concerns?   Whatever your situation, most of us have so many things going on, we have a difficult time building running into our schedules.   People who don't exercise might not think this is a priority, but I disagree.   The benefits of RUNNING far outweigh ramifications of not doing it at all.  Two years ago, I made a decision that changed my life.  I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and weighed well over 200 lbs.  Therefore, I had the incentive to change my life.  As a result, I have tried to adjust my life so that I can fit running into my schedule.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  I have three kids in three different schools and generally work a 91/2-10 hour day.  Thanks to a flexible work schedule and a very accommodating wife, I'm able to accomplish my running goals and stay up with life's other activities (I THINK).  I try to get to work as early as possible so that the rest of the day will work.  After work, I generally run immediately.  This gives me time to get caught up on email, meet and greet the kids coming home from school, and then start the evening activities.  Evening activities typically involve homework, drop-off and pick-ups, and of course (CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ADMITTING THIS) American Idol, NCIS, Rescue Me, and Blue Bloods.  We split the drop-off and pick-up duties.  Well not exactly-(Wife 65% - Me 35%).  There are times when I miss my window after work, so I try to fit my run in before 8PM.  After 8 doesn't work because I can't sleep once the post run adrenaline kicks in.  So far this has worked out and I encourage others to try the same.  Its important to get your exercise in or you will suffer the consequences in the long run.  I did and will never let that happen again.  How do you deal with it???

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stretch or Go!

    Over the last 20 years, I've been one of those that can put my clothes on and go!  The only time I would stretch is when I was feeling a tweak or slight pain.  Last week, I started realizing that I can't do that anymore.  My body just can't take the pounding as it use to.  I've been training for a 10 miler and between my shoulder that somehow feels like its separated (JUST FROM LAYING WRONG) and my sore achilles tendon, heal and meniscus, I feel like a total mess!  Last night I decided enough was enough...Time to stretch.  I went out and bought some Rock Tape for my achilles tendon and calf and will stretch for 20 minutes before and after each run!  Lets hope this works!!!!

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