I ran today. A lot.
My morning started early. 6 AM rise for coffee, stretching and anything else to get me out the door for a few pre-race miles. I was scheduled for NYRR’s Run as One – a 4 Mile race in support of the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to preventing lung cancer through research and education. And, as I discovered in the pre-race announcements, 60% of those diagnosed with lung cancer have either never smoked or have quit smoking. Early detection is so important.
I managed to get in 2 slow-paced warm-up miles before the start gun. The race was the exact same route as last weekend’s 4-mile race, and I ran it just 4 or 5 seconds quicker. I guess I’m consistent. After the race, I ran 5 more miles for a total of 11 today.
With plans to meet my sister and her family for lunch, I showered and walked a few miles to Serafina. We ate well. We laughed. And, we practiced drawing hearts.
After lunch, we decided to visit the Central Park Zoo. Hand-in-hand, my niece and I ran along the streets and through the park. I am still amazed at the speed of her little legs and her seemingly endless endurance.
At the zoo, my niece was a big fan of the turtles in the pond. But, in all honesty, dogs will always win her heart. In fact, heading home, she gave her Dalmatian a shoulder ride for a few blocks. I am just thankful I didn’t have to run along with her, again. This A Yi was tired.
Hope you all had a beautiful weekend full of happiness!