Thursday, February 01, 2007

Get Your Lazy A** Off The Couch

Let’s be honest, I’ve been quite lazy lately!! And by lately, I mean that I haven’t made a conscious effort at exercise since about July.

To inspire my new exercise regiment, I’ve decided I need to train for a race. First requirement: find something unique and close by. I googled “Brooklyn Heights Race” and was thrilled to come up with the following entry in The New York Times. Unfortunately, this article is a bit dated.

Brooklyn Heights Race
Published: October 15, 1982

A two-mile race through Brooklyn Heights tomorrow at 9 A.M. will kick off the fourth Cranberry Street Festival on the street, from Hicks Street to Columbia Heights.
The festival sponsored by the Cranberry Street Association features games, square dancing, cooking contests, crafts, plants and food. The rain date is Sunday.

Does Brooklyn Heights not have a 5 or 10K? What’s up with that? The area seems to be loaded with runners. There’s actually a guy from Greenpoint who is running every street in Brooklyn, but it seems that we are lacking an actual race. Think of the possibilities, the t-shirt could be so cool: runners striding along the Promenade with the NY skyline in the background or runners coming across the Brooklyn Bridge.

T’shirt design gets to my second road race requirement: there must be a cool t’shirt. Without a cool shirt, why bother?!

The marathon is OUT, but if anyone knows of a fun race in NYC with a cool t’shirt, I’d love to hear from you!


Anonymous jp said...

I'm running a 10k with some co-workers on Sunday. Here's to hoping I'll still be able to walk afterward.

You should come out to Cowtown on March 11th to run a 1/2 marathon with me! Cool t-shirt included, natch. :-)

4:32 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

If all goes well, I'll be in Germany on March 11, but running with a friend would be fun and the best motivation to start runnin' my buns off:-)
Sorry I missed you last night. We'll talk soon

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should organize a BHR!
brooklyn heights run
I will design the t shirts!
What a cool idea!
Love, Mom oxoxoxox

4:50 PM  
Anonymous jp said...

My "pal" Hal Higdon's website is a great resource for training guides, if that helps get you going. I also subscribe to a couple of running-related podcasts that include tunes to jog to... if you can stomach the annoying voice-over of the doc before each song. Lemme know if you want details!

BTW... I'm totally in if you organize the BHR. :-)

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Your neighbor and elevator friend, Peter said...

Sadly, you just missed the Idiotarod last weekend. Yep, not the Iditarod, but the Idiotarod. Whereupon a team pulls a member of the team in a shopping cart from Brooklyn Heights, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and to the East Village. Check it out, maybe you can race next year. ;)

10:28 PM  
Anonymous The Exit said...

of course, you shoud move. we call this in berlin "plan für mehr glück und lebensfreude"

2:11 AM  
Anonymous The Exit said...

plan für mehr glück und lebensfreude

just wanted to add a clickable link :)

2:12 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I've thought about trying to organize a BHR, but that would mean that:
a. I would need to know how to organize a run
b. I couldn't run the race myself.
I was also thinking that holding a 5K every weekend for 5 weeks in each of the 5 boros would be fun. You could collect the t-shirts and then get a 6th shirt if you ran all 5 races.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Peter, I am so going to start putting my Idiotarod team together for next year. What a fun idea!! Reminds me of the crazy improv act that was recently held in the subway, No Pants 2k7

2:31 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi Matthias,

Yes, I started to read about your plan, but got very distracted by the picture;-) I'll have to go back and read it again.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


There's a race on Sunday . . .

It's only four miles . . . you got this one easy. It is in Manhattan though, yuck.

Go go go!


4:10 PM  

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