In no particular order, well maybe chronological order, here some of my random rest day musings… (by the way, this is what happens when you’re off from work on a Friday, a rest day, and the weather is not very nice out so you can’t go to the pool)
–I love all things New Jersey. People hate on NJ all the time, but I grew up here, went to college here, and live here! So I was clearly excited when my teammate, Julio spotted this shirt after practice one day.
–Another reason to love New Jersey. Sure the view from Pier 13 is not of NJ, but only in NJ can you get such an incredible view and good food from a food truck. My latest food truck favorite is a stuffed potato from Hunger Construction.
–I hate hills. I am pretty sure I never, ever liked hills. Please remind me again why I am running the NYC Marathon again, a marathon full of hills! My teammates will also tell you that sprinting up hills is no fun.
–Finally a third reason why New Jersey is awesome. Instead of finding rats or raccoons like you do on runs in Central Park, I found a crab! I almost stepped on him (I decided it’s a him, like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid) but so glad I didn’t.
–My first of two 18-milers in prep for the Chicago Marathon is now complete. 1 full 6-mile loop of Central Park, two 5-mile loops, and an extra 2 miles and poof I was done. It wasn’t exactly poof but many, many hills later, I was done. Though I have a 20-miler on tap for Sunday, wish me luck!
–We had a team run followed by a social last night at Terrior on the Porch on the High Line. I am in love with People’s Pops. I need to go back to try every flavor. And as you may be wondering if I love Manhattan and the answer is yes, I love Manhattan as much as I love New Jersey (notice I am careful to name the borough, not the whole state!) 😉
–I have a water bottle obsession. It’s the only way I stay hydrated during the day. With some the recent studies about BPA-free bottles, I went on another splurge for two different bottles. Thanks to this review, we ended up with the number 1 rated bottle overall – Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel bottle and the number 1 rated glass bottle – Lifefactory 22-ounce glass bottle. Now we just need to replace all of our plastic ones.
–Josh and I were challenged to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I dumped some water and ice on my head (sorry the video is too big to post, you’ll have to watch it on my Facebook page) and Josh is donating to ALS. Despite the criticism of the challenge, I like how it is raising awareness for a cause that people may not know a lot about. That is exactly what I am trying to do with Alzheimer’s. I had a great week in fundraising; I am now only $40 away from hitting my minimum goal. A big shout out will go to the person who gets me over my goal! Hurry!
Almost time to head to the Yankee game!
What is everyone’s weekend before Labor Day weekend plans? Have a great one!