Just a short 10K in Brooklyn, thanks to Rock 'n Roll NYC!
First, let's do the math: This race was my 16th Rock 'n Roll event of 2012. So far this year I have done 17 Half Marathons (15 of which were RnR events), two 10Ks, one 5K and many, many training runs all over the US.
Wednesday, October 10th:
I arrived home yesterday morning after an overnight flight from San Jose and immediately set to work getting ready for my trip to NYC. I knew today would be a very busy day of trying to squeeze in "home life" requirements as well as an added media opportunity with a local TV station, WGHP Fox 8 News, so my time is limited before leaving again tomorrow.
After a morning full of appointments, I met the reporter across town at Guilford Battleground Park on a beautiful fall day. This park, a local treasure, is rife with Revolutionary War history and gorgeous trails & paths--perfect for a day of running in front of a camera!
(If you're in town, please take some time to visit this national park--here's the link to the pertinent info:
While I am always excited for media coverage for our Get Back Up message, some interview sessions are better than others. Today was fantastic! The cameraman was so energetic, an avid outdoorsman, and he had so many fun ideas of filming with his traditional set-up along with some experimental video using his Go Pro camera on a pole while he ran beside me/behind me/in front of me. I was with him for a little over an hour and got the opportunity to work up a sweat with all the running back and forth... multitasking interview with a workout!!
|David Weatherly of WGHP Fox 8 news. Thanks, David, for a great day in the park!|
Thank you to channel 8 for sharing our story with your viewers, the calls started coming in immediately after the story aired. This means more people will Get Back Up! Here's the link to the story:
Thursday, October 11th:
Back on the plane at 5:30am headed to NYC where, immediately upon arrival I had to get to the hotel in Brooklyn from JFK then head out to meet a New York Daily News reporter. The traffic was heavy into town from the airport but I arrived just in the nick of time thanks to the savvy taxi driver!
When I got to the hotel I discovered I was about 7 blocks from the reporter's office and had to run, literally, to make it to him in time for our scheduled appointment. Upon arrival there I got a text that he was running late... whew, I would have time to relax and catch my breath before we met. I used the extra 15 minutes to take in some of the downtown Brooklyn sights...
|I bought a vegan muffin here after realizing I had eaten nothing but a small bowl of oatmeal since 4:30am and it was now after 1pm!|
|Fresh veggies on the streets of NY every day. Sigh, there are some things Greensboro could improve upon.|
|Two of my favorites... Brussels sprouts and tomatoes! I really miss cooking at home.|
|I am standing at the "You are here" spot.|
Thanks, Joseph, for a great afternoon and for helping us spread the Get Back Up message with NYC! Also, thanks so much for the tips on what to see and do in my limited time in the city.
One minor correction for the story, an honest mistake with such a rushed deadline to meet, but Joseph credited me with being 6 years younger. It feels great to be "40" again... ha!!
Here's the link:
We finished the interview and photos on a spectacular day in the park then headed back to the downtown area. I felt fully comfortable now finding my way around the area via subway thanks to my quick tutorial. I got back to the hotel quickly and changed into warmer clothes as the sun was getting lower in the sky. On Joseph's recommendation I then set off to find the area of Brooklyn called "DUMBO" which, I learned, stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Joseph said that some of the best views of Manhattan could be found here, as well as great views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
FOOT DROP REALITY CHECK!
Despite the great technology of my ToeOFF brace I still trip and fall on occasion which is just a fact of life when you have foot drop. These days I mainly trip only when the terrain is uneven and/or I am not paying attention to every step... case in point for today. As I was making my way down towards Dumbo, looking up at the bridges in front of me, I took a very hard tumble on broken pavement.
For those of you with foot drop I'm sure you know this slow-motion sensation of realizing suddenly that you've misstepped and there's nothing you can do in the seemingly eternal time it takes to actually hit the ground.
I fell on broken glass, as if the fall itself didn't do enough damage, and I banged up both of my knees rather thoroughly even while wearing jeans. As I was on the ground struggling to find a place to put my hands where there was no glass, mercifully 2 homeless men came from across the street to help me up. Falling is a great equalizer. I was quite shaken up and these two men were so wonderful to me but shamefully I did not get their names. Whoever you are, I am so grateful for your assistance and your caring comfort. Once I gathered my wits about me I did go back to find you but your sleeping bags were moved. My best thoughts and wishes for you are out in the universe now, I hope they find you somehow!
So with the shaking that comes from an unwanted adrenaline rush I found a coffee shop that would allow me entrance to their sinks to wash the blood off of my hands and knees. Another wonderful show of humanity: they allowed me behind the counter where there was only room for one person and went out of my sight as I stood in front of their open cash register!
FYI: I did buy coffee and tipped generously!
Okay, back to my afternoon...
|Joseph was right, the view of the city and the Manhattan bridge was stunning.|
|The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan in the background.|
|The sun is setting behind the Brooklyn Bridge.|
|I'm walking through a gorgeous riverside park with great close-up views of the architecture in Dumbo. That's the Brooklyn bridge in the background.|
|My chariot awaits! The carousel on the water in Dumbo.|
|Another view of the Manhattan bridge with the water splashing up on me.|
|This was worth the wait for nightfall! What a beautiful evening here in Brooklyn with no one to share it with. :-(|
|My walk back up to the downtown area... so peaceful and serene that it's hard to believe I'm in such a big, busy borough.|
|Tourist guides posted under the busy Manhattan bridge expressway.|
|Again, a romantic walk back to my hotel... I can see why people "heart" New York!|
|My "Hipster-ized" version of the view. I added this to my Hipster app postcards, even though I really don't know what I'm doing with Hipster.|
I got a great night's sleep after a long day yesterday and woke up early to start the day. Jim was joining me in town after working with his customers in DC and the NYC area the last 2 days. I was able to escort Jim through the subway connections and into the center of Prospect Park for packet pickup. This was the first (only?) outdoor Expo that I've seen on the Rock 'n Roll circuit. Today was a windier day in the city and the vendors were struggling with the added challenge.
|Rock 'n Roll Expo NYC.|
|These banners and the tents were flapping wildly, loudly, throughout the park.|
|Some of the vendors braving the chilly morning in the park. Sadly, no Sweaty Band Merle or Marathon Jewelry Emily this trip. :-( I miss you ladies!|
|The Audubon center in the background and a glimpse of my skinned knee.|
|Nothing like a great park to make you feel like a kid again...skinned knees and climbing trees!!|
|Great botanical history in the park.|
|A Camperdown Elm.|
|The Q line tracks.|
|I'm showing this view and the next for perspective: My backside is touching the wall behind me as I stand at the side of the bed...|
|The view standing in the doorway to the room. The other patrons of the hotel made the same comment we did: "The elevators are roomier than the rooms!"|
|Jim at Juniors.|
|My turn to play!!|
|Hee hee... fun with photo murals.|
|And now, just a chance for full wingspan before entering the tiny box of a room we're staying in.|
We're up early on a freezing morning, actually freezing when you factor in the wind chill. While this is a welcome change from running in hot and/or humid conditions it makes for a brisk walk to the park.
|Sleepy but cozy in multiple layers during a coffee break out of the wind.|
|Once again the flower arrangements are beautiful, adding warmth and cheer to a cold and blustery morning.|
|The A-team. OK, maybe just a team. :-)|
|A relieved Laurie, no longer lost in the park, cheering us on at the finish line.|
|A chilly but gorgeous day in Brooklyn.|
|After the race winners received their bouquets and awards, David and I took a moment to steal the table arrangements for our Victory Photo. Look Ma, we won!|
|David took "Gear Check" too literally this time. He stowed his luggage at the VIP tent and, after finishing the 10K, headed straight to the airport for Canada where he'll run the Toronto Marathon in the morning. Stuff of legends...|
|Meanwhile, Jim and I peruse the hot food options.|
|More fresh fruit and flowers!|
|Adrian, our server for the morning, did not have the luxury of raising his core temperature like the runners did.|
|We joked that Laurie's minivan looked like a floral delivery service. I was seated in the back trying to make sure the bouquets didn't topple.|
|Laurie kept a few of the vases and delivered other arrangements to her aunt and her friends living nearby.|
|The farmers market in Union Square, a decades-old tradition on Saturdays in Manhattan.|
|More of the market patrons.|
|That's me, wandering off towards temptations in all directions...|
|Somehow I was able to resist, but these looked and smelled so scrumptious.|
|Great fall plants and herbs for sale.|
|"I miss me Mum!" (Hi, Mom!!)|
|Mums the word.|
(Sorry, no more awful puns.)
|According to Jim's one dietary rule, "Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head" I would have to resist this beautiful cauliflower.|
|I don't know my flora...can anyone tell me what these are?|
|Looking north on Broadway.|
|Must. Walk. Away.|
|Are you kidding me?! Red velvet whoopie pies?!! You're killing me!|
|Tasty vegetarian samplings of Dim Sum.|
|Thankfully they had a "point and pick" picture version or I would never know how to order here... our servers spoke no English and we spoke no Chinese.|
|Fresh seafood in Chinatown.|
|My stepdad, Bob, would be in heaven right now...|
|I might have to hand in my Vegetarian Card for failing to be able to name these fruits and vegetables.|
|I wish I could stay longer to learn more about all of these foods.|
|Back into Brooklyn and I just couldn't resist this photo opp. Look closely. My husband is such a good sport.|
Yikes, it was an early morning! We woke up at 3:00am in order to get packed, showered and down to the taxi awaiting us. This may seem like an easy task but with no room for 1 person to walk in our room it was brutal with 2 of us trying to get packed and ready. Somehow we made it and were at JFK by 4:15am, right on schedule.
One final thank-you to "Mama Laurie" for sending us on our way yesterday with homemade pumpkin bread and cookies. Nothing was open this early at JFK except Starbucks so the pumpkin bread made for a PERFECT breakfast treat!
|Laurie even tucked in a knife with our bread... you can tell she's an amazing mom!|
|MMMmmmmmm.... breakfast a la Laurie.|