Tonight I was lucky enough to meet a Running Blogging Friend – Paul! (If you don’t read his blog, you should: it’s interesting and informative, and will make you jealous of his amazing job that lets him think and talk about running all the time). Paul works for Nike in their special promotions/events/etc branding, which means he manages the amazing Runners’ Station that I’ve blogged about in the past. In fact, I was first introduced to Paul when he tried to help me identify some of the cute workers there that I blogged about 🙂
For a while now, Paul has invited me to come on group runs from the Station, but I’m never made it, partially due to my work schedule keeping me out of the city and partially due to my laziness. Finally tonight, I made it down for a run.
I ran to the subway at Lincoln Center (0.45 miles in 3:03 – wow!) and then used the air conditioned car to relax. It was hot! Once off the subway, I ran over to the Runners’ Station (0.34 in 2:40 – a much more normal pace) just in time for our 6 PM meeting. I met Paul, we hung out at the Station for a bit, and then headed out, intending to do about a 5 mile run.
We chatted as we ran through Battery Park City, with Paul filling me in on a lot of interesting history about NYC that I didn’t know. I was used to the route, but not used to running while talking, and I was really hot and tired. I kept wanting to stop and/or turn around and go back, but the “competition” of running with someone made me keep going.
Once we got down to the Staten Island Ferry, we went a way I hadn’t gone before, and then headed up Broadway. We headed past the Merrill Lynch Bull and my office (hi, office! Haven’t seen you in a month and won’t be seeing you until the end of July!), and Paul told me an interesting story about how the bull got to be there. As we continued up Broadway, it started to rain, and I got even slower. I felt pretty hardcore running in the heat and the rain, but I also felt like I was totally slowing Paul down – we had to be doing about a 9:30 pace. I tried to keep up the conversation, but was having trouble really talking because I was so out of breath.
When we got up to Chambers Street, we headed east into an area I had never been – right by Five Points (made famous by Gangs of New York). We then headed back west toward the Runners’ Station, going right by my friend Kelly’s apartment. I took particular note of the area, as I’m thinking about moving in with Kelly starting in July, and I liked what I saw. Finally, we headed back to the Runners’ Station, with me lagging behind the whole way and completely out of breath. Paul clocked us at 4.76 miles.
The others at the Runners’ Station were nice enough to give me a free bottle of icy cold water, which was much needed. I blatantly disregarded Lam’s advice and chugged it all down in one go, because I was hot and thirsty and desperate. I then stayed around to chat for a while and try to let some of the rain and sweat evaporate off me before getting back on the subway and scaring everyone. While waiting, I glanced at the thermometer and discovered it was 94 degrees!!! And that was after the rain had already cooled things down, which mean it was probably still 100+ when we started. That certainly explained my sluggishness. Then, right as I was about to leave, I asked Paul about how fast we had gone, and he said about an 8:00 pace. Holy wow! That’s normally a fast 5K pace for me, and I did that for almost 5 miles in crazy hot and humid weather!!! Not to mention the fact that I had already done 3.3 miles this afternoon, and this was late in the day when I was kind of tired.
It would seem that I am lazy on my own. I will definitely go running with others again!