Alan L ran: Considering the 80ish...

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  • 13 miles
  • 01:50 time
  • 08:48 pace
  • 1286 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
    effort /5
good 12.5 mi 01:50 08:48 pace

Considering the 80ish mile ride a couple days ago, I felt really great. I slept over a friend's place because I needed to be at school for something at lunch time so I did a run prior to the meeting. I planned out a run to the Manhattan Bridge and back and the run was wonderful. I forget how beautiful the view is as you are ascending, sandwiched between the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, seeing the sun glint off of the slightly green but mostly blue water, heading towards the majestic skyline that makes this city famous. Moments like these reminds me how lucky I am that I can do the things that I love and how awesome it is to just be...alive and...just...running...I guess? I don't know the words, but I'm sure everyone of my DM friends knows what I mean.

Anyway, I was deep in my own thoughts before I became aware that I was running (pun intended!) very late. I know it doesn't take me more than 2 hours to do this half marathon distance run, but I forgot to take into account that I am running on the streets (and hence need to factor in the time spent waiting for traffic lights) instead of in a park like I always do. Reality has a way of sucking you back into it's grasp, like I'm a fish on a hook or something. Yea, so I turned around just before the downhill of the bridge, instead of making it all the way into Manhattan.

On the way back, I sped up and saw the trendy outdoor restaurants give way to empty parking lots with chain-link fences and barbed wire. Smiling couples walking their dogs became foul-smelling men slumped over on the side of the streets, and apartment complexes were replaced with townhouses with boarded up or caged windows. When the people on the street stopped ignoring me and started staring at me as if I were the strangest thing anyone had ever seen, I knew I wasn't far from 'home' and I sped up even further and made it back in time to take a quick shower before heading to my meeting.

Hope everyone had/has a nice day. You may see me post again later if I can manage to get a swim in before my day is through.