Saturday, October 17th 2015

You ever have one of those days where you felt unbeatable?  Well that’s how my morning felt today.  I set a goal for myself of a four hour Brick workout.  I’ve been on a role this week, by simply sticking with and seeing through my daily workout plan each day.  Today was the big test to see whether I can keep momentum going – because four hours is a decent chuck of change to spend breaking a sweat.  
The Brick workout began at my gym, with an hour on the stationary bike.  My plan today was very specific, which allowed me to really focus on the task at hand and limit the basic distractions (like “boy I would rather be asleep still” or “I’d much rather be playing NHL 16 on my Playstation”).  I stuck to my plan, keeping the bike above 15mph with 70 revolutions per minute.  After an hour, I had clipped off 16.2 miles.  My legs felt a bit wobbly, so it was difficult to transition to running – but I figured that running outside in the brisk air and playing the part of a tourist would help keep me moving as the clock kept chugging along.
Three hours flew by.  Let me show you why:

I began by running in Central Park.  Check it out – the marathon route banners have been hung! 

Then I ran down Broadway.  Letterman’s studio looks different….

I ran down Broadway to 23rd street and the Flatiron Building.  To all of you tourists coming to NYC, check out Eataly on 23rd!  Yum.

Kept heading south – ran into a NYC street fair! If you are in town and you see one….score some zeppoles!!!!

Kept heading south, through NYU and Washington Square Park…

Into SoHo, past one of my old hangouts, The Bitter End….

As I got closer to battery city, the tower looms over the skyline…..


Got to Cuty Hall and headed over the Brooklyn Bridge.  Then I turned around and headed back into Manhattan….


Got to Wall Street.  Trinity Church is amazing – on 9/11, while disaster rained all around it, not a single pane of glass was shattered on this little edifice.


Across the street from the exchange is where Heorge Washington was sworn in as our first President….

South of the exchange is Delmonico’s – one of the oldest steakhouses in the city.  Check it out if you find yourself playing the part of the tourist one day….


Before heading up the West Side Highway, I paid my respects at the 9/11 memorial.  That was an emotional few minutes for me, as I lost a few friends and associates that day.  If you are a tourist, you should stop by the pools – but please be respectful.


I headed back along the west side highway and called it a day.  

Lesson Learned: have a plan.  Make it detailed.  And then keep your promise to yourself by carrying that plan out, to the letter.

Author: backofthepacker

A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.

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