Last night City Sports had a grand opening event for their new downtown location (50 Broadway, NYC). They had gift bags for the first 100 people and a Mizuno tech tee for the first 50 people who turned in a waiver to participate in a 5K run. Thankfully I was #45 and #13, respectively. As I already posted yesterday, the gift bag was AWESOME. Way better than I even imagined. And the tech tee is super nice too. Combined they easily totaled over $100 worth of cool swag.
After my friend and I looked around a bit, and I finally convinced her to try on at least ONE pair of running shoes which she desperately needs, we started to get read for the run. City Sports was offering anyone who wanted to try some Mizunos to strap a pair on. I asked if they had any with stabilization and was told to try the Wave Inspire 9 which I did. I thought they felt good and I would even say I liked them. But for the price, they weren’t proportionately better than my Asics GT-2000s so I’ll likely be sticking with those in another 150 miles or so when it may be time for new shoes.
The run was along the Hudson River Greenway and Battery Park City Esplanade. I even ran RIGHT PAST MOXY’S apartment! I silently called out to NIP and waved to him with my mind. I’m pretty sure he responded by ignoring me.
The view was amazing and I really ought to run down there more often. It’s just over 7 miles if I run down the Greenway from my place to MOXY’S place. It so happens I need to run 7 miles tomorrow. HEY MOXY!!!!! :)
Before we left, we were told there were about 5 or 6 pacers that would be running with the group. My friend is a slow runner so I thought well cool there will be someone in the back to make sure we don’t get lost. Not even close to correct! The group took off like they were trying to win the race. We got stopped at a traffic light and then the vast majority of the group was gone. A few stragglers hung back with us for a while before they took off too. I’d say we were about 1 mile in when the leaders passed us on their return. The majority of the pacers at the front of the pack.
By the time we saw the last few people in front of us turn around, we turned around too which shortened our run by half a mile. I was really disappointed that they sort of left us hanging. My friend runs a 15 minute mile and she ran 2 miles at an 11:30 which pardon my French is FUCKING amazing. I am so proud of her for having run with the group because I know she was anxious about the idea since she usually runs alone and generally not in public. So kudos to her for stepping outside of her comfort zone and succeeding admirably!
I was pretty amused by my Garmin’s idea of where I ran. I ran on and off water, through trees and buildings, basically I’m a freakin superhero. But when I mapped my run out on Google, it came out to exactly the same distance. Funny that!
All in all it was a pretty great night. I had fun running a new route with new people and of course getting a bunch of new STUFFS.
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