Well, the streak run was going well, but I had to break it on Friday and Saturday. I had to pull an all-nighter at work; I think that I arrived home around 5:30 am. I thought my all-nighters were supposed to end when I stopped conducting biomedical research as a scientist. Also, I did not do a run on Friday, but I managed to get back to the daily runs on Sunday.
I’m a little sad that I had to break the streak and felt like I had failed at life. Perhaps, I can try another 30-day streak after I heal from next month’s foot/toe surgery. Maybe not, I’ll be training for the NYC Marathon in November.
No time to do a day-by-day update, but most of my runs involved running up and down the Hudson River, which has great sunset views and nice breezes from the river. Plus, the weather this week was great, aka not hot as hell.
On one of my runs, I was asking myself “why does outside smell like a goddamn zoo?”
Turns out NYC has “enlisted” a herd of goats to clear out a part of Riverside Park ( *** ).
I swear this city comes up with some of the most random crap. Ok, I would be cool with this idea/randomness in most smaller cities. However, NYC is full of riff-raff. You know folks are going to throw their junk food, trash, booze, etc in the goats’ enclosed pen. Plus, it smells horrible. Well . . . I guess the smell is not that bad if you like the smell of zoos.
On Sunday, I got my “+1” out of the way for NYC Marathon 2020 by volunteering at NYRR’s Italy Run (5M). I served as a course marshal, near mile 1.2, and it was a nice experience to see the entire race from the leaders to the last finishers.
The top three runners right after Mile 1
Since cannot run for a few weeks after my foot/toe surgery, perhaps I can volunteer for another race or two.
Although most folks volunteer only once a year (including yours truly) to gain their guaranteed entry into the NYC Marathon, I would like to volunteer more frequently – even if it is a race here and there. Earlier this year, I looked into NYRR’s Leader-In-Training program, but NYRR only trains folks to lead volunteers for the NYC Marathon. I wonder why NYRR does not have something similar for the other larger races like the Brooklyn Half, Staten Island Half, the Bronx 10 mile, etc. Eh, oh well. At least, I can say that I tried.
Usually, NYRR country-themed runs, has a very vibrant post-race celebration. The Italy Run was no exception. One thing I can say about this city is that people LOVE waiting in line for stuff.
I really hope this was not a line for free Nutella or to take a picture and ring the bell in front of the Marathon 2020 9+1 sign.
Time to do some work.