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I'm turning 24 tomorrow! What are you looking forward to this year?

Posted Feb 13 2011 4:16pm
In addition to ringing in my 24th early, my weekend included lots of sleep, food and running. It got up to 42 degrees today-- practically tropical--and it was nice to finally run in single layers without gloves or the ear warmer.

After a quick six-miler around Astoria yesterday morning, it was off to Brooklyn to celebrate the birthdays at Carla and Jenny 's apartment (JPax is a fellow Valentine baby) with a potluck brunch. Since a few others dibsed the savory dishes, I decided to go with a V-Day variation of last month's alfajores

After sleeping in again this morning, I took off for an eight-miler across the bridge and around Central Park. I was dismayed to see that the path around the reservoir is still iced over. Instead, I went further up the UES before turning back around to catch the train at 59th and Lex. After lounging at home for a bit, I ventured over to Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co. They had some new interesting-looking cream cheese flavors like Nutella and avocado. But I decided to go with what I was craving to begin with: a whole-wheat everything bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese. Yummm.

I remembered to snap this after inhaling the first half. Funny how BK Bagels calls their regular-sized bagels "minis."
Tomorrow's the actual b-day. Why is Valentine's Day not a paid holiday off? Anyway, after work I'll be going out for a yummy dinner with Carla. Even though most of the "official" festivities are over, I have a feeling my 24th year will be an exciting one. Here are some things I'm looking forward to so far
-My next race, the NYRR Colon Cancer Challenge 15K . I'm excited that this late-March race will be a spring one (maybe I'll be running in shorts-sans-tights by then?), and the 11:15 a.m. start time.

-Working out the details on ditching NYC this year.

-Signing up for and running a handful of upcoming races to help me power through the months in between, and round out this year's NYRR 9+1 program to run the NYC marathon in 2012.

-My first visit back to my alma mater since graduation (May 2009) in April for The Hofstra Chronicle 's reunion/75th anniversary.

-My next real vacation. My friend Marissa and I have tickets (purchased way back in September, and flights and hotel booked last month) to this year's Country Music Association Festival in June. It's four days/nights of outdoor concerts in Nashville and features about every big-name performer in the industry. I'm preparing by listening to my hometown's country radio station at work every day. We are especially psyched to see Reba . Cannot wait!

-My second running of the ING New York City Marathon in November. Sub-4:00 PR , I'm coming for ya!

-A visit to Peru by the end of the year if I can afford it.

What are you looking forward to this year?

-EB
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