I love NYC. For all of the WTF moments, I stumble on a dozen little scenes that make me smile, laugh, or shake my head.
Or plop down on the grass to listen to a legit jazz/orchestra concert in Washington Square Park on a Tuesday night:
(Crappy photos from my 3-year-old Blackberry, I do not love. But it was the best I could do.)
Seriously, though, I feel like only in NYC would I come across something so random and beautiful. Of course there are always musicians playing in the park, but this was, like, a real ensemble. With thousands of people gathered around, watching. I have no idea who the group was or why they were there, but I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing on the grass for 20 minutes and soaking up the experience.
Washington Square Park rocks my socks.
(More blurry Blackberry photos. Hooray! I need a new phone, like, yesterday.)
Today’s EAT: I had planned a post-track-workout trip to Whole Foods tonight to pick up some groceries, including dinner fixins. On my own for dinner tonight, and all day I dreamed of the possibilities – things that I could make that I knew the hubs wouldn’t want to eat. Oh, the possibilities!
Sadly, after running, my stomach had other plans. Things were feeling a bit…unsettled. So I went for a rather plain big-ass salad from the cold bar:
Simple: greens, carrots, chicken and cashews with a tangerine vinaigrette. And a scoop of couscous on the side. I was worried this wouldn’t be filling enough, but the nuts and chicken really gave it some density! A successful – if slightly less elaborate than usual – BAS!
Today’s DRINK: I also thought maybe a beer would settle my tummy. I mean…right?
Plus, I just couldn’t resist the cool looking bottle of this Delirium Tremens Belgian Ale (ABV 8.5%). And: oh my. I’m glad I picked it up. It’s complex without being flowery, sweet without being fruity, and just a bit creamy without being thick. I could drink multiple mugs of this, which would probably be an unwise idea, given the ABV. (Right? Because the other half of the bottle is taunting me from the fridge.)
Today’s RUN: Tonight’s team track workout was specifically geared toward Saturday’s Founder’s 5K. We were warned multiple times that we should actually stick to 5K pace if we didn’t want to perish. Good advice, probably.
The assignment: 3 X 1000M at 5K pace with 200M recovery; then, 3 X 300M at 3K pace with 100M recovery. I set my sights on 6:30 as a 5K pace, which is fairly honest. I’ve only run one 5K in recent memory and my pace was more like 6:50, but that was before I plunged into this CPTC madness and started doing a bunch of speedwork every week. So 6:30 seemed reasonable.
1000M – 4:02 – 6:27 pace
1000M – 3:56 – 6:17 pace
1000M – 3:58 – 6:20 pace
300M – 1:00 – 5:19 pace
300M – 0:59 – 5:13 pace
300M – 0:56 – 4:57 pace
If only I could run a 3K at 4:57 mile pace. Or a mile in 4:57 for that matter. Kind of hilarious!
Those last couple of 300s actually felt awesome, though. I feel like we rarely get to truly open up and get a good turnover going during these workouts; I had a blast letting myself go after it a bit! And I don’t think two quick 300s are going to destroy me for Saturday. As for the 1000s, I was still a little fast, but much closer to an attainable 5K pace than I usually am during these workouts. And I felt relaxed and smooth throught. So yay for that.
This whole workout is kind of a surprise to me, considering that I felt like curling up and taking a nap on the turf when I arrived at the track. And in fact, I was relatively close to skipping the workout altogether on account of how exhausted I’d felt all day. I guess I woke up a bit when I started that first repeat though. Whatever – I’ll take it!
Today’s QUESTION: Have you ever surprised yourself in a workout or race? I definitely have. For every time that I complain about under-performing, there’s definitely a time where I surprised myself for the better. I should focus on these more, instead of the times that I fall short!