…After putting on my jacket and hydrating like no tomorrow, I walked over to where the girls were ending their workout. We finished off with a 400 meter recovery. That was more than enough for today. Once again, I was so impressed with the girls. They are really kick-ass. I am incredibly honored that I run with them. I am also incredibly humbled they have placed their faith in me to guide them through these workouts. The reward for me these past weeks have not been getting faster, it has been watching these women thriving, getting stronger, running free and running fast.
Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Don’t tell me not to DREAM big fat audacious dreams. Like making the world better THROUGH SPORT. Sport is my passion. Sport inspires hope, instills discipline, it raises self-esteem, reduces depression and disease. Raises awareness, rallies communities, defines nations, defies gravity and denies prejudice. Sport laughs in the face of racism, flicks a towel on sexism’s ass and kicks sand in the face of discrimination. It makes neck hairs stand to attention, hell it’s even been known to stop wars. That’s a pretty impressive resume. Sport, you’re hired. I WON’T REST Until every living breathing person has access to it. And Nike won’t stop making the best gear to propel humanity forward. Without wrecking our global playground in the process. I WILL DO GOOD — with a vengeance. And to all the cynics and naysayers, I’m going to make the world better for you anyway. Because like sport, I do not discriminate. We’ve made the world better BUT I STILL WANT A BETTER WORLD.
A conservative ladder. Doubles at assorted increasing distances. Up and then down. Still easing into my legs, and my quick twitch muscles feel like plant buds in early spring: tentative, cautious, no where near their potential… But promising.
Went around 70% because track work for a non-track runner days before a marathon is just mad.
Not sure if it was the beauty of New York, rosy at dusk and then twinkling in early evening, the perfect temperature, or the company, but damn, it was fun.
what do you do at nike and how did you get involved?
I am a Run Club pacer for Niketown New York, which means I help run Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday workouts.
I started as an average Jane runner who wanted someone else to come up with routes when I was training for a half marathon. I kept showing up, made several friends, got to know the ins and outs of Central Park, evolved as a runner, and was asked to be a pacer for NTNY’s big Marathon Training Group last summer. The seasonal MTG stint became a year-round part-time gig, and here I am. I am also a Better World Campaign rep for NTNY.
….Since we all survived to tell of a tale, we are going to try to make this a regular thing. Marie, being so considerate, asked me if this would detract from my training. No, I told her. If marathon training group didn’t knock me off kilter, running with a great group of kick-ass beautiful women, will not be a problem.
Position 7 for Team NYC BridgeRunners. I’m letting that swirl inside my head at the moment. I have never run a relay in my adult life. The stuff in high school and elementary school does not count in my books. So this will be my first time running nearly 25 miles in about 2 days while living in a van, sharing sleeplessness, eating mountains of carbs, reveling in the roadkill, enjoying life with the crew from Bridge.
When first asked to participate by Jen R, I was ambivalent. Many of my friends have done Ragnar and all have come away blown by away by the experience. As much as their enthusiasm was genuine, I couldn’t help but think, “Do I really want to spend all these hours in a smelly van? And on top of that, run like a bat out of hell 3 times in a span of 48 hours?” I’m all for group bonding…..but……
Jen R is a remarkably persuasive friend. She will combine the, “I will hit you if I have to,” method if her words do not have the desired effect. Without having to resort to turning my bicep into a new shade of black and blue, Jen was able to convince me of how much fun it could be. The team would be comprised of people we would all know. All of us get along with each other, so the personality clashes would be non-existent. And we’re all runners, not a novice in the bunch. Win win situation.
After some thought, I said to myself, why not? This might be quiet enjoyable and if I am on this journey of exploration, clearly this would be a road I have never traveled down. Something new. Something different. Something going beyond the norms that we often get stuck in. Then I thought of what could come out it, in terms of how I viewed running, and in terms of the creative awakening. Indeed, the more I thought about it, the more I began to think it was time for me to take another step in directions where I had no idea where the end will be.
So here I am today, looking at my Ragnar profile and contemplating the course and my legs. Jen has placed me on some difficult legs. 9.5 miles for the first, 9.0 on the second, and 6.3 on the last, all of them according to the website, “Very Hard.” I can only imagine brutal hills are coming my way.
Time to start getting prepared. Track here I come. Ragnar is calling my name.
I think @arunninglifewithfriends forgot the adjectives “charming, effervescent, and irrestistable.” Let’s just say, when you start with a quality product (an experienced, fun, and frankly terribly attractive team), it’s an easy sell.
PS. When you start to feel sorry for him because of his brutal leg set, remember, this man likes it rough.
everything within our life structure has the potential to transform us when we know how to properly relate to it.
and that is the main point: to engage with life so consciously that everyone, everything, everywhere contributes to our waking up, to our mindfulness and awareness. feedback we receive that insults the ego is a blessing; feedback that promotes the ego is an insult to our spirit. when we consider that all enters our experience as being a teacher, we humble ourselves before the teachings that are offered for our greater good.
…the heart is stretchable, expansive, and generous about what it sees. in it the spaciousness to welcome all the ways in which we have yet to grow, and no matter how evolved we become, to maintain our teach-ability, our beginner’s mind.
am there all the time, who am I kidding (57th st is on my way home, I swear!!!!). I try not to go too often, but… there’s many things on Madison Ave I like so I end up there often. Oh well, tough life, right?
This time I took a few pics because anything that is running related seems like total…
Click through for the whole Niketown love note from @runningandthecity. When you’re there on a multiple times a week basis, you loose sight of how awesome the space is.
Side note: A whole wall filled with Pre’s face is just cool. Now, a whole wall filled with your friend turned Nike model is just odd. Love you, Taha. Love you, Bridgerunners.
“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”—Vince Lombardi