Author: Ari Scott

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #6

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #6

For my sixth run in the New York Harriers winter scavenger hunt, I decided to stay close to home. If I’m going to take a subway to get to the start of a run, I generally want to get out a little earlier, and I just wasn’t in a Subway Mood this day, which was yesterday.

You can read all about the origins and rules of the scavenger hunt in my first post about it; there are no real “rules” other than whichever club members want to participate complete as many clues as we can, which are things to do and see, not collect. We have three weeks and, so far, it’s been a fun way to get out and see parts of the city I’ve never or rarely seen.

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New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #5

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #5

My fifth run in the New York Harriers winter scavenger hunt (the origins of which you can read about in my first installment) kept me in Manhattan but did require a subway – I’m still not strong enough to run more than probably five or six miles at a time. However, I am feeling much better these days! I think my feet are on the mend?!?!

We have three weeks (until December 14th) to complete as many clues as we can on this hunt, and we can do them in any order we want, whenever we want. It’s purely for fun and has been a great way to find purpose while running when life lately doesn’t seem to hold much purpose but I digress!

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New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #4

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #4

I had a plan for my fourth run of the New York Harriers winter scavenger hunt – the rules of which I wrote about in my first post about it. I spent about 45 minutes the night before on this plan: looking at my list of clues, deciding where I wanted to go, plotting out a route on both a distance map and a subway map (there was no way I could run there and back). I was going to start in Manhattan, run over the Queensboro Bridge, run to a couple of locations in Brooklyn, and then head home on the subway.

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New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #3

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #3

For my third New York Harriers winter scavenger hunt run, I kept it close to home. I also kept it easy. I chose not to explore any historical sites today and instead see how many simple things I could cram into one run, which I wanted to be in the 4-5 mile range.

One of the clues is “H-shaped route.” I decided that would be an easy one to achieve on the Manhattan grid. Why not make the entire run a big H and then end it with some food? It was a plan.

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New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #2

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #2

Since I’m back to running three days a week, I did my second run for the New York Harriers winter scavenger hunt on Wednesday. The third run will be Friday. I’ll keep up the Sunday-Wednesday-Friday schedule for as long as my feet cooperate WHICH THEY WILL, RIGHT, FEET?

Here’s some backstory about the scavenger hunt, a fun activity that is going to keep my legs occupied for the next two and a half weeks!

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New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #1

New York Harriers Winter Scavenger Hunt Run #1

Since I haven’t been writing much on here about running as of late, I thought this might be a fun little thing to do. I don’t know about you, but I would like an increase in the amount of fun in my life right now.

My running club the New York Harriers has been finding creative ways to keep us runners on our toes, literally, since the beginning of this pandemic (that we are still, apparently, according to my notes, in).

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The Beautiful Puzzle Of Marathon Training (And How Much I Miss It)

The Beautiful Puzzle Of Marathon Training (And How Much I Miss It)

The fall marathon season is in full swing. Well, virtual marathon season. If you’re running a marathon this year, chances are the race will not be on a marked course with water stops, medical tents, and thousands of other runners. It will likely take place on a course of your choosing, at whatever time you want, over a specified range of dates. There won’t be water tables, gel stations, or free samples of Biofreeze. You will probably run it alone.

It won’t be the same. And I wish I was running one.

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Happy Birthday, Blog (And Why You Should Start One)

Happy Birthday, Blog (And Why You Should Start One)

It occurred to me earlier today that I’ve had this blog for three years. Turns out I just missed the anniversary of my first post, which was September 18. So, I’m a couple weeks late in wishing it a happy birthday. Okay, a few weeks late. Well, just pretend I’m not. What are dates, anyway? What is time? I’m not sure it even exists.

For anyone who wasn’t around as a reader back in September 2017 (all of you), here is my very first post, which was titled “Hi

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When a Runner Can’t Run

When a Runner Can’t Run

I was just looking at my blog stats and noticed someone had recently clicked on my post Ghost in the Shell. I couldn’t remember what the post was about (which I guess happens when you have a three-year-old blog) so I opened it. It’s from February 2018 – several lifetimes ago. At the time, I couldn’t run for a week because the ball of my foot was acting up, so I went to a podiatrist who recommended I didn’t run for a week. I was very sad that I couldn’t run for a week.

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Distance

Distance

I’ve been wondering what my next post should be about on this blog. In my last post, I wrote that I wanted to transition this space into one that encompasses more about life in general, with not necessarily such a narrow focus on running. There are still running-related things I want to write about: plantar fasciitis, how to work out when you can’t run, playlist recommendations. I will write about these things and I will also write about other things.

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