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20 Miles in the City

by Meghann on September 4, 2010

Twenty miles in NYC? Done and Done!

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It’s amazing how AWESOME long runs are with friends. πŸ™‚

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I think from now on I’m just going to travel to a new place every week for all my long training runs. Now, where should I head to in a couple of weeks for my next 20 miler? Anyone willing to take me in? πŸ˜‰

I was up before everyone else hoping to squeeze a quick 5 miler in with the lovely Betsy before meeting the gang for the remaining 15.

I had a couple pieces of toast with Sunflower Butter and an apple before heading out the door.

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The breakfast ended up being too much for so early in the morning. My stomach was feeling iffy for the first 6 miles and there were a few moments I was afraid I would have to make an emergency stop in a non-existent bush. Luckily my stomach eventually evened out and I felt like a whole new person for the second half of the run. πŸ™‚

The first 5 miles flew by and before we knew it Betsy and I were meeting up with Ashley, Bo, and Theodora for the the last 15.

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Betsy, Bo and I ended up taking the lead during our beautiful route around the city. They took me into Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge, through Williamsburg and Dumbo, back into the city over the Brooklyn Bridge, and up the Hudson River Trail. And I loved every minute of it.

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We took our time during our run, stopping for water and gatorade along the away. (I bought a bottle around mile 17 and it made all the difference)

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Another perk about running with friends? Everyone is super casual about it. My Garmin never synched up, so I relied on Betsy’s Garmin the whole way. It felt strange to not know exactly how far along I was or where my pace was at, but eventually I stopped glancing at the blank screen of the Garmin and just went with it. I also resisted urges of asking Betsy for constant updates regarding pace or distance. Just run, Meghann, Just run. πŸ™‚

Apparently New York City is a smaller island than even I realized. On the Hudson River Path someone ran by looking directly at me with a quizzical look stating “Meghann?” Turns out it was my friend Lindsay who I do some promotional stuff with at work and happens to be in town visiting a friend as well. She was already heading to the Vegan ICe Cream meet up tomorrow, but it was fun saying Hi a day early. πŸ™‚

After 20 grueling (ok, not grueling, but the last 2 were!) miles Betsy and I had a bit of anti-climatic finish of stretching and high fives.

We headed upstairs and Bo broke out the left over pastries from Alice’s (I knew I liked this guy)

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I immediately joined him with half a cookie and a good amount of cake. πŸ™‚

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Now we’re all showered and heading out to get some post run smoothies!

Watch out NYC, here we come!

1 Evan Thomas September 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

AWESOME job you guys! Leave it to bloggers to make long runs amazing

2 Leianna September 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

That sounds like a great way to start a vacation in the city. I would love to run all over NYC someday!
Enjoy the cool smoothies!

3 theprocessofhealing September 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

NYC sounds like such a cool place to run!! And 20 miles, that’s no joke! Go you!

4 britchickruns September 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Way to go!!! Your running tales inspire me..! I’ve got a 20miler in 3 weeks or so and I’m terrified, but you make it seem so easy!

5 Emilyeatsclean September 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Running great distances is definitely better with lots of people! Way to go!

6 Lindsay September 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Do the next 20-miles in North Dakota! But you better hurry before it gets down below zero. πŸ˜‰

7 greensandjeans September 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Can you all fly down to Phoenix for my last 20 miler next weekend? I’d love some company! πŸ™‚

8 Bria September 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Sunflower butter?! Yummy.

Congrats on the long run! You’re an inspiration πŸ™‚

9 Caitlin September 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Wow great job! Cookies sound like a great post-run treat…yum.

10 jennylikestorun September 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

That sounds amazing!! Brilliant job, you guys did awesome πŸ˜€ I can’t imagine anything better than running in NYC… Unfortunately I live in New Zealand and it’s a looong way to travel! haha

11 Katie September 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

WOW!! 20 miles is a LOT of running! Congratulations on your run! Have fun in NYC πŸ™‚

12 gingerbreadcake September 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Wow good job on the long run! You’re amazing! πŸ™‚

13 Mary September 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

You can do your next 20 miler in North Carolina ! I’d love to have you and need to run 20 miles next week! πŸ™‚

14 runningwithsass September 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

sounds so fun!! I love running in new places.

15 Jillian @reshapeyourlife September 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You make running seem so easy and fun. πŸ™‚ I really appreciate it, since running isn’t quite my thing yet it makes me look forward to when it is. πŸ™‚

Awesome job on the 20 miler!

16 Sana September 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I think it’s an amazing bonding experience to do long runs with other people and bloggers!!

17 Gina September 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

Wow! What a day! Great job on your 20 miler! You are so inspiring!

18 LiveForTheRun September 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

SO impressed! Goosebumps. So proud!

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