Thursday, March 7, 2013

That Time I Tried to Pass as a New Yorker

Workout: 4 miles, 11:33, Connects

There was nothing special about this run so I won't linger on it too long. I have to say, my super awesome Tuesday run left me sore for this one. I haven't been sore in months! It was an odd feeling, especially given that I didn't feel like I was working that hard on Tuesday. I guess that goes to show that I haven't been giving hills the attention they deserve.

Holly politely pointed out in my last post that my moving average was faster than my goal pace. This is true of all my runs. I would much rather have my garmin display the exact pace I'm aiming for even when that isn't my actual pace. Because that's dumb, I'm trying to change it. The best way to fix this would be to change my garmin to display average moving pace instead of average pace, but I'm not savvy enough to figure out how to do that. Instead, I'll just try to slow my runs down and see what happens.

Anyway, I purposefully ran slower today so my displayed pace was 11:43. My moving pace was 11:33 (goal was 11:38) but hey, what's 5 seconds? Baby steps.


Someone posted this hilarious (Onion) article on Facebook and I had to share. It's called "8.4 Million New Yorkers Suddenly Realize New York City is a Horrible Place to Live." A couple of my favorite quotes:

"Other incidents that prompted citizens to pick up and leave included the sight of garbage bags stacked 5 feet high on the sidewalk; the realization that being alone among millions of anonymous people is actually quite horrifying; a blaring siren that droned on and fucking on; muddy, refuse-filled puddles that have inexplicably not dried in three years; the thought of growing into a person whose meanness and cynicism is cloaked in a kind of holier-than-thou brand of sarcasm that the rest of the world finds nauseating; and all the goddamn people."

[emphasis mine]

Garbage bags stacked 5 feet high. Or, "scenery."

Seriously, that quote could have been taken directly from my nonexistent diary. Ditto this one:

"In addition, 3 million New Yorkers reportedly left the city because they realized the phrase "Only in New York" is actually just a defense mechanism used to convince themselves that seeing a naked man take a shit on a park bench is somehow endearing, or part of some shared cultural experience."

I have, in fact, seen people taking shits. Never naked, though.

For your viewing pleasure, some pictures of Jeano attempting to be New York-y:

Rooftop bar. So New York-y.

Johnny Utah's mechanical bull. So trashy. I did not need any encouragement to get on that thing. I lived for Thursday night mechanical bull-riding. I was good.

Full disclosure: this was taken in Boston. Boston is better than New York. This has not been scientifically proven but I'm pretty sure it's true.

Anyway, enough shitting on New York. To each their own. I moved there knowing I was going to hate it, so you could argue that I doomed myself from the get go (side note: don't follow a boy to a city you know you're going to hate). Maybe I'll go back there fifty years from now and excitedly scream about all the hip places I used to hang out (Johnny Utah's will not be on that list).

Questions, questions, questions:
  • Have you ever moved somewhere you know you're going to hate? How long did you tough it out for? This girl put in two whole years.
  • Are you obsessed with your garmin displaying your exact goal pace like I am? Do you know how to switch it to moving average? That doesn't seem to be an option on mine.
  • Boston or New York?
  • Have you ever been on a mechanical bull? I kind of really, really want one installed in my future home.


  1. I don't think there's a way to switch. I had a whole debate on my blog/fb though as to what should really count as your "pace" for the Hanson stuff - A lot of people voted for the actual pace over the moving pace because technically when you aren't moving (stop lights, shoe ties, dog poops...), you are technically getting a break. I was mixed on the matter, personally. You could always just stop your watch when you stop?

    My boyfriend moved out to DC with me and he really doesn't like it, ha. He started "hating" it, but has now moved to a general dislike - I take it as a win. We both really miss Colorado and we know we don't want to be here long term, but I just got my new job and he just got into a Physical Therapy program, so we will be here for at least the next three years. We are hoping to move back to Colorado (or somewhere similar) after that. That's one of the reasons I focus so much on trail running, because it lets me escape the city and puts me back in my zen mode =). Plus, it's easier for me to live here because my sister is here, so that's a win for me (probably not a win for Zach, ha).

    1. I'm glad someone else has spent more than a little time thinking about this. I think most people would just roll their eyes at me if I brought it up!

      My "concern," if you can call it that, is that I feel like most of the disparity in my moving/total average time is bogus, because many times my moving average has been 15-20 seconds faster than my total average even when I haven't stopped at all. Whatever. Somehow I think I'll survive regardless of which pace I use.

    2. Also, kudos to Zach for making the move for you! At least he's... coming around? Three years is a LONG time to contemplate living somewhere you don't particularly like.

    3. Once I got further into the training plan, I just kept my runs in a general time zone - my easy runs were supposed to be 9:39-10:24 or something like that, I don't remember, so I just kept it within that range and called it good.

      It took a lot of coaxing, but we have been together for an eternity (like 8+ years...seriously...), so it was inevitable. Three years is a long time, but he's starting to make friends and he's really excited to start his grad program, so I think that all helps. Plus, I'm going to force him to come camping and hiking with me once summer comes (last summer he had terrible IT band problems, so he was never able to join), which I think will help. Plus, i don't think it's so much that we don't like DC, it's just that we LOVE Colorado, ha.

  2. Haha. I am 7 months into my New Jersey living experience and everyday I wonder when to make a break for it to go back to the Rockies (sorry Holly, if you read this: it's not Jersey as much as other things in my life!).

    1. It's OK. I (and NJ) don't take it personally. ;-)

      Heck, I <3 NJ, but might still choose the Rockies, at least for a little while.

      And who am I to judge? I jetted off to Singapore... =)

    2. You know, I feel like Jersey gets way more than its fair share of insults. I mean, I've only ever seen gross parts (eg. the Turnpike), but I had plenty of coworkers who commuted from there who seemed to live in wonderful places! But then again, there's no way I'd ever live there, lower rent or no ;).

    3. Well, that's the unfortunate thing - the parts you drive through aren't so pretty. :) But there are plenty of nice bits. Thanks for the NJ love. So seldom heard from out-of-staters... ;-)

  3. I've moved quite a few places, but never thinking I was going to hate them. Coincidentally (or la la....), I haven't hated any of them. And even the parts I thought would be intolerable...I've learned to work around. (Rochester = snow. LA = traffic. Singapore = heat.) Still, I'm a Jersey girl at heart, although will never move back to where I was raised, most likely. :-/

    I just go with the overall average. I stop mine for longer breaks (like stoplights, shoe tying, etc.) - but you can also put it on auto pause, so it stops automatically for any pause over 5 seconds or so. I think my average and moving paces are pretty similar. And I wasn't really reprimanding you - I was actually just poking fun at your absolutely accuracy. ;-) While I don't advocate undercutting your training pace by 30 seconds/mile, I don't think that 5-10 sec/mile, at a 10-12 min/mi pace, matters a whole lot.

    A mechanical bull just sounds...painful. No, thanks.

    1. Not to worry, I understood the intent ;). I AM a crazy obsessive person when it comes to that device and I am totally fine with any fun-poking that comes with that craziness.

      You lived in L.A.?!?! That's another place I am NOT willing to live. Same with Las Vegas. And the entire south, due to swampy climates. Or the midwest, because there's no mountains. I'm fine with anything else, though! "Anything else" being, it seems, two or three states on the West Coast.

    2. Ha I told Zach I refused to live below the Mason Dixon Line due to general climate dislike.

    3. Gosh. I had no idea this blog was also a gathering place for warm-weather-haters... ;-)

      What's a bit of humidity among friends???

    4. I'm pretty sure the "humidity tolerance gene" skipped a generation (or two, or three) in my family. Or maybe it's a nurture thing. Whatever the case, it's my kryptonite. Complaining about it is one of my characteristic (and, uh, endearing?) traits!