Today was awesome.
I tried to figure out why I was flying through the streets and I realized I had a cup of coffee at MUD this AM , which was spiked with an extra shot of espresso and possibly crack/cocaine.
MUD is one of the best breakfast spots ever but since I’m not big on breakfast I hardly ever get to enjoy it. I love the fact that its so loud and the coffee is so strong – it basically forces me to wake up and forces my brain into high gear operation mode before I even know what hit me.
After that crack/cocaine coffee I ran like the wind. I sprinted the entire way and I forgot my ipod because i was so excited to get out there so I have no idea how long I ran…
Some awesome chick yelled “Great stride!” And I smiled at her thinking wow… NYC on x-mas eve is a little bit like what it would be if a big giant European spaceship landed in Times Square and out came a few thousand Europeans in their Benetton shirts, scarves, and red wine and they took over the island of Manhattan for a day.
Don’t get me wrong, the same vibrating pulse is still alive through our streets on he 24th. You know the pulse I’m referring to. It’s that same addictive pulse of energy that justifies our decision to pay twice as much per square inch of living space than almost anywhere else in the world.
Side note: We also all signed up for total chaos, and for paying twice as much per square inch of personal space on the sidewalk, twice as much per square inch of sandwich bite, twice as much per square inch of potential silence in our heads, twice as much per square inch of travel from one place to the next, and twice as much per square inch of alcohol in a low ball, martini glass, or wineglass..
December 24th is a day that makes new yorkers feel they have permission to briefly enter a slow(er) pace mindset. This holiday is also an excuse to be over friendly, cheerful, and happy. We are gifted a limited one day pass to enjoying the moment and taking our time. This non-rushed behavior on Dec 24th is unique to this day and totally acceptable. If you choose to subscribe to this mindset you will, most likely, not get hurt. However, this is absolutely not a guarantee and absolutely a beautiful thing.
The sun was shining today and it wasn’t that cold but still not many people on the highway. The few runners I saw were the same guys that are out there every day no matter what. Rain or shine.
That’s it. Heading to CA. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about running in the sun.