Running in the Cold

Post-run victory poses

Photos © 2010 Cassie Melnikow, Stan Syckes

I just had a whirlwind of a weekend and, for once, I mean this in a good way!

I had President’s Day off (this past Monday) so I was already looking at a 3-day weekend but I also had another ace up my sleeve. During my Christmas vacation last year, I had to “work” two 4-hour slots even though I was away from the office. I parlayed this into a carryover vacation day and decided to use it last Friday to form a superhuman 4-day weekend! Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • Friday – we anticipated everywhere on Sunday to be crazy as 1) it would be Valentine’s Day and 2) most everyone would have the next day off. So we switched dates and made Friday the defacto V-Day. After eating lunch at our favorite hole-in-the-wall Italian place, Ottomanelli’s Cafe, we hit up the Guggenheim. I really liked the architecture but was unimpressed by the art – it seemed like hardly anything was there and most of the pieces were cubism (one of my least liked periods). The weirdest part of the whole thing, however was the “performance art” happening right in the lobby. Two actors were slowly making out for the full two hours we were there. Really creepy.

    After exiting the Gug, we walked through Central Park which was still covered in last week’s snowfall. It was very peaceful, even though the ice and snow gave dog owners a great excuse not to pick up dog poop and there was a suspicious amount of yellow snow on the paths!

  • Saturday – Took it easy. Did a few errands, played a shit load of video games, watched the Olympics opening ceremony and the All-Star Saturday Night games. I erupted in my pantelones when Dirk won the Shooting Stars contest for Team Texas!

  • Sunday – We woke up at the crack of dawn (7:45am), got dressed as warm as we could, and headed out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn for the Valentine’s 5K Run. It was my first race of any kind – and I could count the number of times I’ve run 3 miles in my life on one hand – but Cassie and I both did a lot better than we expected. I finished the full lap around the park in 27:27 (my practice run on the treadmill Friday was just a hair over 30 minutes) and came in 58th place, though I started way in the back and wasn’t looking to go fast. It was actually a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it, but I think I’d enjoy races more during warmer weather. The picture above is Cassie and I putting on our victory poses post-race!

    After a well-needed (and super lazy) 3-hour nap, I woke up and watched the NBA All-Star game. It was fun and stupid all at the same time – so it was pretty typical of these games (see here, here, here, and here for further proof).

  • Monday – Uh … I played even more video games. There was no stopping me! I vegged, watched TV, and prepared for my second straight 4-day work week. Bonus!

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