Spotted on Saturday’s long run. Harlem River Park is a very underused portion of the greenway. The entrance is so poorly marked, I’m not sure I ever completed it during my #GreatManhattanLoop project (ssh don’t tell!) and we definitely didn’t use it during the Great Saunter. Like so many pieces of the east side greenway, it’s in poor repair but they were doing a spring cleanup so I knew someone would see me if one of the sinkholes ate me. This poem really caught me, and the murals are gorgeous. Wish they could be maintained against the weathering.
Saturday’s run made me think of the Great Saunter, which I got an email for recently but didn’t remotely tempt me. I think my 2015 thoughts (whick I finished at the Polo Grounds!) still hold true, although with the decomposing of the existing Greenway, I question whether they’ll ever finish it. /rant.
It was the perfect place for my saunter to end – and end it did when I boarded the M2 Bus and headed south. I have no regrets. I stopped enjoying the walk somewhere between miles 14 and 16 and there is no shame in walking 18+. It’s always the west side that I’ve found prettiest and the city streets of the east side – which I know well – don’t appeal to me in the same way as the Greenway does. Maybe I’ll finish when they finish the Greenway.
Lots of Great Manhattan loop vibes as I planned Saturday’s route, more on that below. Overall, this was one of those weeks where I was just ecstatic to get the workouts in. Even with (or because of) the short week, work was crazy and the weather was as well.
— travellingcari (@travellingcari) February 24, 2023
Note to self, always pattern vomit. Took me far too long to find me in this batch of photos.
Linking up with Deborah and Kim for peak week of NYC Half training. Yes, so far so good with the 2023 goal of following Matt Wilpers’ plan. The workouts haven’t all happened on the days they’re scheduled, but they all happened and other than the cranky IT Band squawking, I appear to be not too much worse for the wear.
- never miss a Monday: well after running ten on Sunday, I definitely wasn’t running. But it was an amazing 60 degree day so I went for a walk to the Park and sat reading. Robins were about, a turtle sunning and a quick flash of sunset.
- Tuesday: a 10a meeting meant time to run before an in person day, which has become rare. As you can tell, the weather changed quickly from Monday, but I really can’t complain about not wearing a hat in February.
- Wednesday: all day, in person training. I’ll be honest, I prefer that to an eight hour Zoom. It was a late day in the office trying to get some work done after the training, and this was dinner. Once a year, I squeal about the arrival of Shamrock Shakes, remember they’re not really mint and I don’t much care for them. The McDonald’s near the office was out of stock, but I had the idea in my head and so had to try the Shamrock/Oreo Flurry. As much as I love oreos, no.
- Thursday: office run group and a chance to try out my new Rainiers. They’re mesh so give me longer weather life than typical. Let’s be honest, I needed another pair like I needed a hole in the head, but I can’t resist. My current obsession with protein shakes has killed two blender bottles, so I’ve gone disposable. Of course this one came immediately clean.
- Friday: off day. Mental as much as physical after a long week and knew my legs would need it ahead of Saturday.
- Saturday: why do I even have plural hats? I swear I only run in Fred, with the occasional Turkey Trot one because it’s cute. It makes me laugh especially since I hated this hat at first and planned it to be disposable. Yes, some of it is sentimentally tied into my first Half, but it’s also super comfortable and the perfect weight. On Friday I was mapping out several route options depending on the wind, temperatures and mood: Roosevelt Island and Astoria Park, Little Red Lighthouse, Macombs Dam to the Lighthouse, etc. I also had the best laid plans of getting up and running to mimic race day, but when I woke, the wind chill was 17 and I wasn’t interested. I waited for it to warm up/wind to drop and headed out when the wind chill matched the temperature of ~25 degrees. As the last double digit run, it was a good opportunity to try out the Rainiers I plan to run the Half in, my new compression sleeves, and to continue to tinker with fueling. I also was really trying to heed the advice to run the easy runs slower. Luckily 3/4 podcasts I was listening to focused on that, so it was easy to keep in mind. That and a mean uphill in mile ten that I just walked. When I realized it was the Yankees’ first spring training game, I knew where I was going. Same place I went when the lockout ended last spring. After that run, or another to the Polo Grounds I realized how close I was to the Morris Jumel mansion and was determined to “find” it this time. The entrance to Sylvan Terrace is easy to miss (second photo), but I found it and did a loop around Morris Jumel, making it two historic houses on this run since my route also took me past Hamilton Grange. I circled south on Edgecombe to Coogan’s Bluff where I switched from podcasts to Terry Cashman’s There Once Was A Ballpark, one of two with And Brooklyn Almost Died that I find perfect for walking in the footsteps of baseball ghosts. Challenged to run the steps by another runner, I did so and then after my scamper over the Macombs Dam Bridge, I headed south along Adam Clayton Powell for some variety in my landscape. I happened on the entrance to Harlem River Park and while it didn’t give me much southern progress, it gave me some extra mileage I needed since I hadn’t crossed the full length of Macombs Dam. It’s really sad to see it in such disrepair, but is thick with flavor and history. The end of the run had me wiggling down Madison and over to Park. Overall, a solid 11.5 ish. Fueling? Peanut Butter M&Ms and a NutriGrain bar. Do as I plan to, not what I actually do. But it worked better than the chews last week. My hip was very pissy by the end so post sushi was a nice long soak.
- Sunday: pissy hip is pissy. Headed to friends’ Athleta party but otherwise chilling out. Three weeks and the half will be done. EEK/YAY.