Hello from New York City! I am wrapping up a week long work trip. This was one really fun, hard working, and difficult week. Let me fill you in.
As you might recall, my trip started off with a pretty special bang when I got to sit next to the seat mate from hell on my flight out here. Fortunately, that was the worst part and things got much better.
Rock was already out here and it was so great to see him when I arrived on Friday. There was a warm front about to leave the area and we enjoyed a lovely evening wandering Astoria, Queens where he had been staying. The hardest part of my trip would be leaving Mary at home with my parents. I knew she was in great hands, but we love doing things as a family.
However, it was pretty awesome to sit down to a sushi feast for dinner, just Rock and I. It was our first date night since last winter when we went to see the Nutcracker. While we missed Mary, it was really nice to spend time together.
I started working immediately over the weekend coaching athletes. This week was early up and late to arrive back home, filled with lessons and appointments. It’s just the way a coach likes to travel!
On Sunday I had the chance to run two laps around Central Park after work. If you’ve never had the chance to run the park, you might be surprised to see that it is actually quite hilly. The entire loop is almost exactly 6 miles of rolling hills with a few challenging ones on the Upper East Side and at the top near Harlem. Being the weekend, the park was packed. Many companies have started renting out bicycles to tourists and the park is now filled with people weaving in and out of the bike lanes. I witnessed three bike accidents as they occurred. It was frightening and I decided that I would no longer run Central Park on the weekends or when it is busy. It just isn’t worth it.
The entire week was filled with skating lessons at the rink in Central Park and lessons with clients off of the ice. It was busy and most nights we didn’t arrive home until 9:30pm. I even skipped several runs during the week because there just wasn’t enough time. If you know anything about me, I rarely skip a run.
One thing I didn’t skip out on was eating. I had a blast stuffing my face over the past few days. We had the most incredible pizza in Astoria at a place called Artichoke. I had the meatball parmesan and signature Artichoke slices. It was essentially artichoke dip and cheese on a thick slab of pizza. Sinful and awesome all at once!
Let me be the first to say that NYC and Chicago pizzas are so different and yet both so incredibly delicious in their own ways!
Fall in NYC is one of my favorite times. The crisp cool air and changing colors are perfect. Summer tourism has calmed down and the city becomes a bit more relaxed. The looming holiday season also has everyone in a perfect mood.
My trip has me so excited for all of my runners and friends who are doing the New York City Marathon very soon. I saw the crew out setting up the bleachers for the finish line across from Tavern on the Green. So exciting!
There’s a part of me that is sad to leave tomorrow. But I am so looking forward to snuggles with my little girl soon!
FYI to all NYC Marathoners: Go downstairs in the Plaza Hotel and check out the Todd English Food Hall. While you can sit down and have an amazing lunch or dinner here. There are also so many great little eateries inside to check out. From a delicious lobster roll or sushi to incredible baked goods and macarons; there is something for every hungry belly here. This place is amazing!
Have you ever been to NYC? Do you love fall?