There are many reasons why I run. Most of them are quite noble, the usual inspirational subjects: proving my worth to myself, learning the value of dedication and hard work, enjoying regular time spent outdoors…..But, I will not deny it, I also love food. When I go to the cafeteria and see that the chef’s special for the day is an Italian sandwich, with coleslaw, potato salad and buffalo chicken egg rolls, I love that I can say… “well… I will be running 6 miles this afternoon, I can probably get away with ordering this”… and be right.
So this was my lunch, and, 2 hours later, I set off for an afternoon run incorporating all my errands and adding in a few extra guilt fueled miles. In 1 hr 15min I managed to run 6.6 miles, incorporating Central park (Cat Hill and a reservoir loop) and a mile along the East river; buy a Patella tendon band at the Duane Reade and put it on (yes it did seem to help); stop at the pet store to buy cat food and litter and have it delivered; and go to NYRR to pick up my shirt and bib for a race on Sunday. Not only is running a good way to burn off an enormous lunch, it’s also a pretty good way to cover distance in a short amount of time.
Below is the route. I’m quite proud of it, not only for its errand fulfilling efficiency, but also because I managed to incorporate two of my favorite running trails into one, nicely symmetrical loop. (which I can’t seem to get to show up properly here!)
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PS- Don’t ask me why Map My Run seems to think this is Clifton, New Jersey…