Spring Fling

By | March 27, 2022

Throughout COVID we heard running isn’t cancelled, which was very true. And it’s not even my return to racing-but NYCRuns’ Spring Fling just made me feel normal.

all finish lines should be celebrated

oops, my hat ate Lady Liberty

Not a full race recap as the course, amenities are the same as Haunted Island and Firecracker 10Ks, but it was so much fun to be playing outside with friends after a gorgeous sunrise ferry.

This is NYCRuns’ first March race on Governors Island and the island being open year-round dovetailed well with the construction on Roosevelt Island rendering races impossible for a bit. My one tip for anyone contemplating March on Governors Island-layers! Did not want to rush to bag check-and tiny race I didn’t need to – because my coat was nice. I was regretting my lack of gloves, and then early lap two I shed the hat and the top layer. Luckily it packed into the hat nicely for easy carrying as I knew I’d regret it if I disposed. 10 seconds after the finish line pic, layers return! So fill your checked bag, which you’ll need to do for race shirt. I did see a fair few adding it as a layer though.

I’m usually close to race pace, but I laughed my ass of on this. Mo and I were both about .2 over and our pace way below the official 10K pace. No GPS issues but photos, moving to the side to adjust layers, high fiving volunteers. True fun run.

Yay blogger/running friends

Speaking of normal times with people, so great to meet Erica when she was in town for the Half. The app actually behaved and I spotted her still smiling at mile 12.5 ish as well. This group is the best link up of people!

Original title: March Madness
no, still haven’t turned into a basketball fan, although I’m enjoying St. Peters’ Cinderella story.  Just (good) crazy work with our Annual Meeting on the horizon. My big event skills are… rusty.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah to talk about running as an escape from the mayhem

  • never miss a Monday: wasn’t too worried about the heel but took it cautious and mostly flat. Good run, no pain.

  • Tuesday: why are Tuesdays chaos? Made it out for a quick two mile walk after work.

and a beautiful one at that

  • Wednesday: return of the run commute. My calves definitely tightened up during the day and running with the laptop is a form issue, but I’d definitely rather walk or run to work then take a crowded train. Bonus: cherry blossoms.

Spring o’clock

  • Thursday: Fred says, time for spring! Office run group meets enjoying the Park’s cherry blossoms. Longest since the heel issue and nearly pain free. Whee.


  • Fridays: are for Fraggle Rock! Met a friend for drinks and spent a few hours before at the Museum of the Moving Image whose Jim Henson exhibit is absolutely amazing. I love what goes into the creation of these characters.
  • Saturday: Spring Fling. Brunch. Life is good.
  • Sunday: lazy day. Good book. Hopefully a pedicure. Restoration ahead of a busy week.

A week out from Cherry Blossom 10M. Fewer blossoms, better pace? Absolutely going to be a fun weekend. Yay!

17 thoughts on “Spring Fling

  1. Coco

    Oh, that Jim Henson exhibit does look amazing!

    Yay on really feeling like the running community is back! I am so looking forward to seeing you next weekend. There may be fewer blossoms than today, but hopefully less wind too!

  2. Darlene

    Sounds like a great week. A lot of activity and spring views.

    I would definitely walk or run to work if I could.

    What a fun race. It was so windy today.

    Enjoy DC and the race. Can’t wait to hear about it and see you the week after.

  3. Jenny

    Yes, I would definitely rather run to work than sit on the subway!
    It’s funny what you said about Tuesdays- Thursdays are my chaos day.
    Good luck on your upcoming race! It sounds like a fun blogger meetup. I’m looking forward to the race recaps!

  4. Jessie

    That exhibit looks really cool! Good luck with the annual meeting, ours is in a few weeks for my ‘real job’ but I’m not all that involved with the planning, which I’m kinda glad for.

    Way to go on the run commute!

  5. Wendy

    I think anything with the name spring fling sounds like fun! That wind, tho, is something I could do without. I battled it today on my run. Make it stop!

    You are right, this is the best group of runners. I’m so glad you got to connect with Erica. She’s so nice!

  6. Kim G

    I haven’t been able to watch any of the March Madness games this year, but I have loved hearing about St. Peters’ and all of their wins! I’m going to try to watch some of the game that’s on tonight.

    The Museum of the Moving Image sounds interesting. I might need to check it out!

  7. Kimberly Hatting

    I’m jealous of your upcoming Cherry Blossom adventure! Such a neat course, and so scenic with all the blossoms in bloom. Well, you probably know I’m a March Madness maniac. It’s been SO CRAZY this year! St. Peters, though, has really been nice surprise (though they were key players in jacking up so many brackets, LOL).

  8. Michelle

    Sounds like a fun week! I’m jealous of your running commutes – what a nice way to get to work! From your IG that Jim Henson exhibit looks awesome. I’ve been soaking up all of the March Madness – especially loving the St. Peter’s run.

  9. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Cherry blossoms make everything better. Sorry that there will be fewer but I know you’ll have a fantastic time!

    I wouldn’t want to deal with that drive to & from. I shake my head thinking about how I drove Mr. Judy (who was just the BF at the time) through DC to Dulles. There were less people back then but traffic was still pretty darn bad! Thanks goodness for the Metro.

    Despite your business at work, it sounds like a fun week!

    1. cari Post author

      I’m taking the train. I could go get mom’s car but by the time I take Metro North to her, pay the 95 tolls and hotel parking, it just doesn’t make sense when I can read while someone else “drives”.
      It was a fun week. Just not enough sleep

  10. Jenn

    Yay for run fun! And cherry blossoms!

    Great job on your race! And I’m so excited for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler for you! It’s going to be amazing and fun and beautiful!

  11. Deborah Brooks

    well, I am glad you got to enjoy the cherry blossoms in NYC bc who knows if they will still be here next weekend. Can’t wait to see you!

  12. Catrina

    Wait, Cari, you run to work with a laptop? That’s awesome!
    I used to ride to work with my bike. It was 20-minute ride through Zurich. Later the office moved and it was only a 5-minute ride. But it’s a lot easier carrying a laptop on a bike! 😄

    1. cari Post author

      Awesome is certainly one word. LOL. Luckily we’re still hybrid, and I hope to have a different solution before we’re in person daily as that definitely wouldn’t work.
      I’ve thought about a bike commute since we have access to the city’s bike share network and my commute is 80% within Central Park. Good to know a laptop is easier there. Thank you!

  13. Marcia

    I can’t get over how everything is blooming there already. Hopefully it’ll start here soon but I’m not counting on it. How fun to meet Erica. I haven’t seen her in too long. Glad your heel is feeling good! Have so much fun this weekend!

  14. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    How fun that you got to meet Erica at the NYC Half! Meeting new friends is one of my favorite things about blogging!

    Yay for spring, there seems to be a little hold on it, though. Hopefully after this weekend’s cold snap you’ll get even more gorgeous pictures of blooming trees and bulbs.

    Have a great week!

  15. Shathiso

    I hope you got that pedicure on Sunday! I’m in desperate need of one! For the first time in a long time, I’m also starting to feel we are close to normal. We still have to wear masks when we are out but activities are coming back at the kids schools, races are being announced, I had brunch with a friend yesterday without feeling stressed about being out… Two years later… maybe we have finally found real normal!


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