He was off to Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania for a day of technical diving training while I met Marcial at Central Park for our last long run together before the marathon .
The park was alive with Fall colors and fellow runners. As soon as we walked through the gate at 79th and Fifth Avenue we felt the energy.
We even had a a furry friend wish us good luck for our six mile loop of Central Park before we set off to conquer the hills. Meet Caramel, the most adorable miniature poodle.
It was appropriate for Marcial and I to end my training with a full loop of the Park. Before today, Marcial had never conquered the full loop and while I have run it many times before, I’ve always feared the hills and never been able to keep a consistent pace. Today’s humidity and warmer than expected temperatures didn’t scare us though. We spent an hour chatting through the hills and gaining inspiration from other runners and peace from the calming, warm Autumn colors. We were all smiles when we were done as our pace was stronger than expected (10:12 pace) and the warm weather made me realize that I needed to re-think my marathon outfit.
After we parted ways I headed back downtown to meet Laura for an Uplift workout and brunch date that was long overdue. We’ve been trying to catch up with each other but due to busy schedules it had been ages. We enjoyed an hour Uplifting: Total Body Cardio/Strength with Weights class courtesy of Michelle who was an amazing instructor. She catered an easier version of each leg move for me so I wouldn’t kill my legs since the marathon is only a week away.
How adorable were there little clementine pumpkins, greeting sweaty ladies after the workout. We spent the rest of the morning catching up over quiche and coffee at the Le Pain Quotidien around the corner.
After brunch I spent the next hour or two wandering through Union Square Farmer’s Market buying ingredients for tonight’s dinner and then heading over to Nike to buy a backup marathon shirt in case it’s too warm to wear my long sleeve Lululemon top. I’ve loved wearing my red Run NYC Miler shirt during summer training and think it could be a great backup since I know it well already.
After an afternoon of shopping, errand running and cleaning the apartment Meg came over to watch the Georgia vs Florida game. We had a complete blast! The game was amazing and Meg makes one epic cheese plate which pairs perfectly with Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale!
After cheering on the Dawgs during an amazing win over Florida, Meg and I ventured out to do some pre “hurricane” shopping which included stops at 71 Irving for more coffee grounds, Bedford Cheese for more cheese, bread and pickles, the bodega for beer, fruit, ice, and Coconut Water. Clearly, us Georgia kids aren’t phased too much by a Category 1 hurricane after living through far worse. It doesn’t hurt that as part of Bo’s technical scuba gear we have multiple flashlights, plenty of batteries, and still have supplies from the last storm scare. I must say that it’s times like this that make us thankful to not live downtown anymore, right on the water.
Upon returning from our shopping trip, Bo had also returned from diving and the three of us enjoyed a dinner of lamb chops, brussels sprouts and roasted baby potatoes fresh from the Union Square Farmers Market.
Yup, I’m pretty sure this is the perfect Saturday evening. While we are missing our dear friends Halloween party which we’ve enjoyed every year, this year our marathon bodies really craved rest over a long night out with the crowds.
Let me here it! Are you a college football fan? If so who is your team? I’m a proud UGA alum and therefore always root for the Dawgs and thanks to my dad’s roots I’ve been cheering on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame since I was old enough to be a Notre Dame cheerleader for Halloween at the age of 3!