Sunday morning was cold, overcast, and windy which were the perfect conditions for me to stay in my warm bed. I'll admit that the thought did cross my mind as I heard the wind blowing outside my window at 5:30am, but I paid $50 to run the New York City 10K and I had bucket list items to cross off! I got my butt out of bed, dressed in the warmest athletic clothes I could find, and I made my way to the subway. I had quite the underground journey as I made my way down, around, and all over Upper Manhattan, but my first adventure of the day awaited - Bucket List Item #163: Ride the Roosevelt Island Tram at 60th Street and 2nd Avenue.
This aerial tram crosses the East River connecting Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It uses a regular MetroCard as payment which is really convenient especially for those who have a monthly or weekly pass. I don't specifically remember when I added this to my bucket list, but I'm assuming I included it after pedaling by it during the 5 Boro Bike Tour or after seeing Matt Bomer's character, Neil, jump trams during an episode of White Collar. Either way, it's a fun experience to take such an unusual form of transportation especially since New Yorkers are used to commuting below ground most of the time. The Roosevelt Island Tram offers nice views of the east side of Manhattan with glimpses of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
The New York City 10K also included great views of Manhattan as the course ran along the East River. Unfortunately, I was too cold and busy kicking butt during the race to stop for photos. I know - so unblogger of me, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
I wasn't a huge fan of the course since it was just the same two laps around the island. Seeing Mile 5 signs after just beginning the race and the Finish line before I even made it to the halfway point really messed with my mind! On the bright side, the course was pretty flat which is always appreciated. Whether it was the course or the wind pushing me along, I completed the race with a PR - 2 minutes and 49 seconds off my last 10K race, the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K in February! Not only did I PR with this race, but I also crossed an item off my Birthday Bucket List - run a new race. Done!
After a morning of rest, I celebrated a run well done with a trip to DTUT (it stands for Downtown Uptown) in Yorkville on the Upper East Side with a friend. I've been wanting to go here for months! The vintage couches, funky artwork, and notable light fixtures add to the relaxed and cozy ambiance. I had a cinnamon roll and hot chocolate (I wasn't kidding when I said I love hot chocolate!), but I'm really excited to go back soon for their fondue, s'mores, and wine special on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for $32. And since I love a good deal, I recommend purchasing this same special on Groupon to save $16. Date night is planned! #yourewelcome
As you can tell, I'm all about the food post-race. Let me know your favorite way to celebrate in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,