There's no better bonding experience with other New Yorkers than working out together in Central Park (getting drunk together in the East Village comes close). If you can't wait to leave the gym behind and fully embrace the great outdoors, you'll be excited for Self Magazine's Workout in the Park.
Featuring Crunch classes and all sorts of food and fitness brand samples, the event will be held rain or shine Saturday May 12 from 11-3 pm at Rumsey Playfield. I'm sure there will also be a lot of great contests to enter. Tickets are $20 and include a 1-year subscription to Self Magazine (a $10 value).
Summer isn't complete to me without a little outdoor concert action, which is exactly why I bought my ticket to see Guster at Summerstage in Central Park back in April. Summerstage is the venue where the ABC morning show Good Morning America hosts their super early Friday morning concerts, but never convincing myself to get up early enough to check one out, I was excited to see one of my all-time favorite bands play on the venerated stage.
|Summerstage roof lit up from below|
Summerstage was actually a great venue to see Guster, because even if you didn't get there super early to grab a bleacher seat at the back, you could find a spot in the standing room section where the stage is mere yards away and you can bop one of the several beach balls floating over the crowd. The only complaint I'd have about the venue was that if you wanted to buy food or a beer, it was near impossible to not only squeeze through the crowds to get to the food carts, but then definitely impossible to get back to your friends. However, keep your eye out for Summerstage ticket sales next year and be sure to catch your favorite band so that you too can bask in the glory of watching a concert and a sunset at the same time.
|Guster at Summerstage|
|The lead singer had a long-held desire to dress like a disco ball on-stage|
So you'll note the blog's been a tad sparse in the past few months, and I do apologize to my loyal readers for this. However, I think you'll forgive me when I tell you exactly what I've been preoccupied with.
In junior high, I was one of the kids who would get mini-panic attacks the period before gym on the days that we would have to run the mile (not just a mile, but THE mile). To me, this was one of the most arduous tasks you could ever ask me to complete. So imagine my surprise when I agreed to partake in the NYRR Queens Half Marathon on July 30. This was back in March when I was tired of being cooped up in the gym and I thought a little running around the city could be fun. Plus, some friends had committed to this crazy scheme as well. We established a training plan and more than 175 miles of training runs and several gallons of coconut water later, we were ready to take on Queens.
The night before, we all met up at one of my new go-to pizza/pasta places, Il Forno, in Gramercy. They have an all-you-can-eat pasta special for just $6.99. That's an unheard of deal for NYC, especially since it includes five different sauces (I love the pesto!) and all different noodle shapes. Also, if you bring in your receipt from last time you visited, they give you an additional 10% off your entire bill. Love it.
|There aren't many times in life when you truly deserve all-you-can-eat pasta.|
|My pre-race breakfast|
|8000 people waiting to go to the bathroom before the race|
|And we're off!|
|The Famous Unisphere - We ran around it a total of 3 times and the spray from the fountain was most welcome.|
|The Observation Towers at the New York State Pavillion|
|The New York State Pavillion|
|Love my coconut water|
In addition, we made our way around the city for our longer runs. For the 8-miler, we started at my friend's place in Astoria and ran around the entire perimeter of Roosevelt Island. There's a lighthouse at the tip - who knew! Perhaps my favorite run of all was the 11-miler. I started at 23rd Street and FDR on the east side and was able to go south all the way around the tip of Manhattan and hug the perimeter up to 72nd Street on the west side. Let me just say that I'm in love with Battery Park and all of the waterfront recreation space they have.
Now that I'm done with a time-intensive training schedule, I'd still like to continue running, but I'm looking forward to introducing more variety into my fitness routine. However, when the weather gets a tad cooler again, you'll see me running along the West Side Highway or the Central Park Reservoir. And I'm definitely looking forward to dedicating more time to blogging!