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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Chasm

Chasm

Last month was the first time since I started this blog back in 2017 that I didn’t write a single post.

There are a few reasons for this. I haven’t been running. I didn’t feel like writing. I haven’t had much to write about. I don’t know about anyone else, but the national discussion following the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day took hold of my attention to the point where, for a few weeks, it felt tacky to post anything about myself.

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How Much Does Running Cost?

How Much Does Running Cost?

With the recent shutdown of [gestures to entire universe], I found myself thinking about how much money I’m saving by not buying things I normally buy. Unlimited MetroCard for $127? Don’t need that anymore – I have nowhere to go. I’m not renewing my membership to the NYC Rec Centers (which I mainly joined for the pool) so that’s $150 saved. Road races? Remember those? I’m getting refunds for the cancelled ones I already paid for, at least the ones NYRR has offered to refund so far.

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