I knew it would come soon enough but I didn’t expect it this month. When fellow Chicagoans bombarded my Facebook feed with complaints and photos of snowfall, I’ll admit I experienced a bit of envy. And then yesterday morning came and upon checking the New York weather report prior to my run, I saw it…it was going to snow for the one hour I would be out running! Fate? I think so!
I dusted out my winter running gear, threw on a hat, and ran straight to Central Park. It was fabulous! (remind me to re-read that last sentence a few weeks from now when the snow really hits hard…) I can’t think of a better way to greet my first New York snowfall than with a run through my favorite part of the city. It made the entire experience so special and memorable.
The one part of the run that was nowhere near fabulous though was a sudden achy pain in my left foot and right knee. I couldn’t figure out if these were just the after-effects from this past weekend’s tough long run, but the pains felt oddly similar to those that pop up when it’s time for shoe retirement. I don’t keep track of the miles on my shoes (fail I know) and I honestly don’t think there are more than 200 miles on them. But rumor has it that the Brooks Pure Project line lasts only 200-300 miles.
So this happened last night as an obvious result:
The New York Running Company store on the Upper East Side is closing and everything is on sale. My heart was seriously pounding from the heaven I was transported to upon stepping inside. I finally caved and bought the Brooks PureCadence 2’s…how could I not when they were only $60 (50% off)?!? I’m thinking of returning to the store and buying another pair of these.
(PureCadence 1’s on the left and PureCadence 2’s on the right)
That’s basically a buy-one-get-one free deal! I also bought some Brooks winter running gloves, CEP Compression sleeves (only $28!), and magnets. Such a glorious night of shopping!
On the way back I stopped by the fruit cart on the corner of my building and the nice man slipped in a free banana with my pom purchase. So nice!
Sometimes even something as small as a free 25-cent banana makes me happy. It’s the little things in life…like being friends with your local fruit vendors.
And finally, the crock-pot came out again along with the looming start of winter. This time around I made a simple black bean sweet potato “chili”, although chili isn’t the best way to describe it considering I had absolutely no chili powder to add. It was more like a “throw everything in my fridge into the crock-pot and hope for the best” experiment gone right.
(delicious but so ugly in photos)
Regardless, it tasted great and made my apartment smell like joy all afternoon. I ended up freezing half of the chili in glass jars to whip out on a dreary winter day.
With that, I’m off to be a real working woman for once. That’s right, I’m actually spending the day working outside of my apartment in our New York office! The real world and I will be reunited once again.
P.S. – in case you haven’t read enough about running yet, check out my Run Chat post from yesterday!
What are some of your favorite crock-pot recipes?
What’s the best deal you’ve gotten on running gear? Any website or store recommendations?
How dedicated are you to your running shoe brand?