8 miles & Chi-town.

24 Apr

So Friday I had my first long run in NYC. & it was magical (runnerd alert).


I ran across the Williamsburg Bridge to the Lower East Side. Then, I ran over to the East River and ran till I hit 5 miles then turned around to head back.

The beginning of my run was pretty good,


Except I started running on the bike side of the Bridge at first…oops. & if anyone knows me, they know i am scared of bikes…I’m weird. Luckily no one ran into me or screamed profanities like I thought they would. & there was a cross-over half way across so I ran as quickly as possible over to the walkers/runners and away from those scary bikers.

Once I got down to the East River, I was in love. There was a breeze, it was beautiful, there were runners all over & there were water fountains everywhere! Wonderful, amazing, love, love, love!


Obviously, I will be running on the East River as much as possible.

At about 5.5 miles I started back to the bridge. I stopped at CVS to buy a water & dropped a nuun tablet in. I definitely needed water but it was a pain to run with a giant water bottle back over to Brooklyn. I also ate some lemon lime Shot Bloks before I started up over the bridge.

Not gonna lie, the last third of my run was not the greatest. I blame the water bottle & lack of East River. I got to my block at exactly 7 miles, & I totally almost stopped there. But then I told myself – I planned on running 8 miles. What is 10 more minutes?

Soooo, I ran half a mile down the street & then ran back. Pretty happy I didn’t wuss out.

Conclusion: sometimes it sucks & you just wanna stop but you tend to feel better if you don’t. Mental blocks can be run through & I know I feel better on the other side.


Oh yes, first time running in my compression socks. Think they helped :)

Total – 8 miles in 01:26:xx – success!

Then I went home, showered, packed, took the train to Penn station, headed to Newark International & hopped on a flight to Chi-town! It was a whirlwind trip but so much fun! BLC & I had missed our friends so we had a great time just spending time with them…with a little Chicago sightseeing thrown in.


I’m totally tired/exhausted but totally worth it!

In other running news:

1. I just signed up on a team for Reach the Beach Relay in NJ on October 12 & 13! I have been reading everyone’s Ragnar Relay recaps & getting totally jealous so when I saw Jamie’s request for teammates, I knew I had to contact her! & the rest is history! I’m pretty excited to run my first relay! 200 miles in 24 hours – so I will be running about 17 miles. Luckily, I have some time to train ;)

2. I signed up with North Brooklyn Runners. I’m looking forward to going to some weekly runs & meet some runners in my area! Plus, they have speed work meet-up each week at a track in the area!

3. I just committed to a 30 day yoga challenge. I have been wanting to add yoga to my training so I thought this might be a good push.


(here are some yoga poses for runners)

4. Three Leg Stretches Every Runner Should Do Daily

5. 26.2 Miles Later. 7 women gives their tips for marathon success – so inspiring! I love reading running tips :)

That is all. Later y’all.

12 Responses to “8 miles & Chi-town.”

  1. michelle marie April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    bikers get SO pissed when you run/walk on the bike side, like it’s the worst mortal sin ever known to man. the williamsburg bridge has the worst bike snobs of all the bridges, i think. snobby hipsters!

    i want to join the north brooklyn runners too– i was waiting until after my marathon on may 6 (i don’t know why??). give me all the dirt!

    • alexjcant April 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Haha…those silly biking hipsters. I was literally running with my shoulder touching the side so maybe I looked so ridiculous that they forgot they were mad until after they passed…

      I will definitely keep ya updated on NBR dirt!

  2. Catalina @ Cake with Love April 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Love that deep dish pizza!

  3. Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks) April 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Nice job on the run!!

  4. Jamie @ couchtoironwoman April 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Great job pushing through your run and getting it done! I LOVE running in compression socks :)

    I’m excited for the relay!

    • alexjcant April 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      I’m excited too!! Should be a lot of fun!!

  5. Kelli @ Howdy from NYC April 27, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Congrats on your first half marathon and good luck at the Brooklyn half! Maybe I’ll see you there?? :)

    • alexjcant April 27, 2012 at 1:40 am #

      Thanks! I hope to see you there!!! As long as those exercises work :)

  6. Miz April 27, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    DANG, woman. Im tired just reading your post!! :-) And I swear Im going to be a runner yet…

  7. Studentenpartys May 24, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    i love the 100th day daily create, how did you do that touhgh. Do you know someone who just happened to be 100 pounds or did you tweak that pic? Very cool and very creative

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