Race Spotlight- NYRR Emerald Nut Run

One of my favorite races I go back for every year is the New York Road Runners Emerald Nut Run.  Every year, the race kicks off the year (literally) in Central Park.  It’s a New Year’s Eve –> New Year’s Day Race that begins 12/31 around 10 or 11 with a concert and costume contest in Central Park.  Granted, I never go for the concert or the costume party, I’ve seen tetris characters, Fruit of the Loom fruits and some other wacky New Year’s costumes.  Generally, me (or we if my family ends up coming out), start heading to Central Park around 1115-1130 depending on how close we are to Central Park and the start.  When the race starts, it starts at midnight with fireworks…

NYE Fireworks Kicking off the Emerald Nut run

and people celebrating the New Year without being in Times Square with a few million of their closest friends.  Honestly, spending NYE with runners is the way to go!  The race itself is a 4 mile loop that wraps around Central Park, roughly 72–>103 (or 109), over to the west side and then back to the start.  At the 2 mile mark, there’s “Sparkling Champagne” (which is really juice, but that’s ok) and water.  I do remember one year running it where the water was frozen solid because it was so cold outside.  The bibs are super cool for the race and, as always, you get some goodies.  Long sleeved shirts, nut treats and some sort of gift.  This year, it was socks, but there have also been coffee mugs and other fun things.  Even before and after the race, they’re handing out foam hats with the year on them (I have at least 4, maybe 5 of them), food, and a straight up good time.

Hotels are expensive, but what do you expect for NYE in NYC.  It’s always a good time since we try and see a show or just enjoy NYC itself.  And for what it’s worth, it’s your fastest race of the year (even if it only lasts until Jan. 2nd).

IMO, I’d go running in NYC on NYE any year and is a race to do if you’re looking for a good time and a long weekend

City Street Running

As much as I love living in major cities (4 years in Chicago, 2.5 in Philadelphia), I hate trying to run in the city.  Case and point.  Today, I did part of my run outside since it was one of the nicer days we’ve had since the beginning of November.  Besides there being traffic lights every quarter of a mile for the first mile or so, you get drivers who are flat out stupid and pay no attention what so ever.  I’ve had cars nearly turn into me as I’m crossing because they don’t pay attention, been splashed by disgusting looking water and have dealt with mud covered sidewalks with no shoulder to run on.

To boot, to get to any sort of path (like the Kelly River Loop), I have to drive to get there and I end up having to look for the mile markers.  Once April comes around, I end up having to drive out to the start of the loop since they close down the side of the loop closest to me.  Other trails aren’t as populated or as easy to get to and aren’t an option.

Then, you have the honkers.  The people who see you in your running clothes and think it’s cool to let you know that they see you.  I spent a month rotating in the Bronx at St. Barnabas Hospital over the summer.  It was no problem for the guys in the house to go running- they could go whenever they wanted and not have any issues.  If I went out, I’d get stared at as if no one had seen a woman run before and honked at by all the taxi drivers.  I ran twice before heading out to Central Park on the 4 Line where I could run no problem.

One day, I’ll find my ideal city to run in.  Until then, I deal with my stop lights, obnoxious drivers and all that comes with living in Philly

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