It’s a Chanukah Miracle! Finally, A Central Park Five Miler

Confession: For the first time in a very, very long time – like, as far back as I can remember this season – running has not been a priority of mine. Get a job? Yea, that’s up there. Hang with the family? Stop ignoring my friends? Yep — those are priorities too.

Fortunately, the lull lasted just a short – and reasonable – two weeks. As of Monday morning, I can officially say that I am back and better than ever.

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Well, kind of.

Why the change of heart? It’s not the excess latkes.

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(Latkes look even tastier when Instagram-ed next to apple sauce.)

Or the excess holiday sweets.

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(My mom and I had this debate the other night. What is red velvet, anyway? We’re very intellectual.)

This year – the year of the four half marathons – was arguably different from my last six years of running.

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Flashback to college and my first two years living in Manhattan.

I used to run pretty much every day of the week, covering between three and five miles without an impending race, for no reason at all. I amped up this distance during the summer of 2011. The result: strange new pains and a strong understanding of my limitations — and four race bibs to show for it.

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(If you’re thinking I can’t count, it’s because Noah’s are up there too. Except his are for, like, marathons and stuff. Show off.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every half marathon I participated in for a different reason. But now, I’m ready to return to a more moderate mindset. Not for good, but for a while. And most importantly of all, I’ve accepted this settled state of mind.

Monday morning, I woke up with the itch. I needed to run, and I wanted to log five miles — my standard morning mileage.

New York City was unseasonably warm on Monday morning, and by the time I left my apartment in just leggings and a long-sleeve thermal shirt, the air was already rising into the 50’s. Within a few blocks, I was rolling up my sleeves. At one point, I even considered removing my thermal and running in just a tank top, but decided to just deal with the heat. It’s December, after all. There’s no reason to give my body a reason to get sick again (re: yesterday’s blog).

Monday morning, I finished my first lap of Central Park’s lower loop in more than two weeks – and holy crap, was I happy to be there. While I don’t have photo evidence of my excursion (opting for a rare hands-free run on the foggy, misty morning), suffice it to say that Central Park was as perfect as ever, the residual fall leaves, damp and strewn on the pavement.img_21081

  • What type of runner are you right now: a runner in training for a race or a runner who’s just happy to get out there without a watch or intention?
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4 thoughts on “It’s a Chanukah Miracle! Finally, A Central Park Five Miler

  1. I’ve always been a runner for the calorie burn and the general fitness, but now I’m ramping up (and cutting down) training for races. I’m not running as many days a week, but more miles and with more purpose. I have my first 10k this Saturday, a 15k in Feb, and hopefully a half marathon in September!

  2. I’m a runner training for a race and I’m always signing up for races to keep me motivated and have something to strive for. I notice that when I don’t have a race my mileage goes down dramatically, but it also gives me time to do other cross training activities

    • That’s definitely a good idea — whenever I sign up for races, I’m far more motivated. Right now, I’m just in a ‘go with it’ type of mood, I guess.

  3. I like having a goal race (or races) to work toward. I prefer a training plan with 3 runs per week: one long, one medium (tempo), and one speed/hill workout. But I do love a break for a “fun” run every now and then!

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