I don’t typically blog “day in the life” posts, and actually, I haven’t been blogging much on Fridays either. I run out of things to say by Friday, or I don’t feel like blogging.
I’m not sure how it happened, but Wednesday was one of the busiest, but most fun days I’ve had in awhile so I thought I would share. It doesn’t hurt that it was Global Running Day either.
If you followed LOLZ blog last year, you might remember seeing one of my friends Montana. Montana is a good friend, and I ran and raced with her several times. Unfortunately, (but fortunately), a job took her to Rhode Island.
She was back in town for a couple of days, so we were able to start Global Running Day together with my longest run in a while (6 miles). The run flew by, and it was one of the best I’ve had in a while. As I continue running, I can’t say it feels amazing, but I feel mentally good about where I’m at right now.
After that I got ready to head up to North Jersey. I like New Jersey for many reasons but since it’s a small state, driving “across the state”, isn’t a big deal. When I lived in Texas, it was also 90 minutes to drive to a big city.
I met up with my friend Devon at the Urban Griddle in Newark for a date and what better place than a diner? Devon is one of my good friends; I just wish we lived closer! She recently ran the Boston Marathon and PRed with a 3:06.
After a fun couple of hours, I made the trek back home. As most people know, the New Jersey Turnpike is great…until it’s not. The Delaware Memorial Bridge had a construction fire and they closed it completely down. It’s the main arterty of East Coast travel. They also completely shut down the turnpike at exit 4 (my exit).
This created a massive backup on both the turnpike and 295. The Garden State is typically known for traffic, but it’s unusual for it to be on the turnpike on a weekday.
That was no big deal, except with every vehicle getting off and going through the toll at exit 4, it created a huge backup. It took me over 90 minutes to go 3 miles. Needless to say, I spent most of the time contemplating my escape route incase I had to use the bathroom.
After that, I stopped at home for enough time to eat and headed off to work. As most people know, I work at a running store and you have to celebrate Global Running Day there right?
We had a big group run complete with raffles from various shoe companies and Lululemon. We had a tremendous turnout with over 200+ people. As much as I would love to have run with the group, it’s important for me to take things at my pace right now. (Plus I ran with Montana and I didn’t need a bonus run).
Finally, I got back home at 9 and by that time, I was ready to go to bed. (Not that that is any different than any other day). In all, it was a great and wonderful day. I caught up with so many friends and it made me appreciate the sport even more than I do now.
Questions for you:
How did you spend Global Running Day?
Do you like to stay busy or prefer relaxing time?
Hi, nice post. I used to run a lot, then I decided I didn’t like it, after doing a handful of half marathons, and one attempt at a full marathon (thank you ITB) and completed the San Fran marathon. I quit right after that.
But I do appreciate your enthusiasm.
How did you spend Global Running Day? I went to work. Did a gym workout. Stayed positive!
Do you like to stay busy or prefer relaxing time? Riding my bike. Taking pictures. Blogging. Working out. Meditating. Playing music and singing.
It looks like you had a fun day celebrating global running day!! I’m not much of a runner but when I do run, I almost always run with a friend!
I liked reading about your day in the life! I’m glad you got to run with a friend on Global Running Day and work the group run at the store. It’s cool not to do it, besides someone has to stay back and be in the store when customers come in. I was talking to one of the guys who works for Fleet Feet on Wednesday and he said since he started working there, he runs less than he did before. I think it’s the time commitment of it, commute, and the group runs are rather short. 200+ people is awesome for a big group run though, that’s bigger than a lot of races.
Traffic can be such a nightmare. Clay was stuck in Mt. Pleasant until 7:30 the other night due to it when he was normally getting off work at 4:30. Sometimes you just find a good bar and happy hour and wait it out…
Sounds like you has a pretty good day!
We celebrated global running day like any other, we just went out on our usual run (although I had my new sports watch to test out so that was pretty fun).
During the day when I’m at work and very bored I crave being busy but when I’m at home and have loads to do I wish I had 5 minutes just to relax 😛
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