Running Update #13: Take a Run With Betsy!

Man-sorry that sounded so cheesy.

When I was getting ready for my early morning run yesterday (Saturday), I thought “wouldn’t it be fun if I took a camera with me and shared my run with you all?” Well, I think it’s fun…not sure if you will too.

This is a typical East Side run, about 7 miles or so.

I knew it was insanely cold out so I was dressed to the 9’s….running style!

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A fleece vest, my fav Lululemon jacket, a long-sleeved dri-tech shirt underneath, the BEST Nike running tights, gloves, my awesome underarmor hat and the ever-reliable Saucony Omni’s.

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I was set to go and psyched. Yeah-I know my braid is sticking out the side. It’s hard to put hair in a hat.

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But once I got outside…holy crap, it was freezing. In the low 20s. I crossed my fingers that I would warm up fast.

FYI…from here on, all pics are taken in motion, so they might be a little blurry. My apologies.

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I set out along Avenue B on a little walking warm-up, what I always do. That didn’t help. It made me colder. Man, it was cold.

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But, then I got to Houston St and started moving! Yes! I headed east for about 5 minutes.

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Till I cross over the FDR and hit the East River! This is when, in my head, my real run starts. That’s Brooklyn across the river there.

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There’s a path, not pavement, kinda packed dirt, that runs sort of along the river, but more so along the FDR. Who doesn’t love running along a highway. Yeah…I just try to look to the left, to the pretty trees, the sports fields and the Williamsburg bridge up ahead.

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After about 10 minutes I hit the tiniest little area with grass that has a little dirt path that has been tread on by hundreds of runners. For some reason, I always look forward to it. However, it only lasts about 10 seconds. It’s really short. To the left there is some warehouses or something. It’s an interesting scene in East River “Park”.

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At the end of the little path with the Manhattan Bridge ahead (it was one spectacular day). To the right is the FDR which is now a raised that I’m about to go under…

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Under the FDR!

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Ahhh…that’s better! Still under the FDR but it’s completely open on the left so it’s much prettier. There’s always tons of older asian men and women doing exercises and calisthenics…they’re so cute! I don’t think they’d like me taking pictures…so I didn’t. That’s the Manhattan Bridge in the foreground and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. I was still feeling good-not cold anymore but man oh man was my nose running.

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I got closer to the Brooklyn Bridge, which I run across on this route when I want to add some extra mileage. It adds about 2 miles. Awesome.

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This was interesting turning to the side and taking picture, but it was too beautiful not to capture. Brooklyn Bridge again with Brooklyn outlined in the light. Hi Ari! Nice pic Bets!

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Ahhhh!!!! When I get past the bridges, there’s this super scary…thing. I have no idea what to call it but it freaks me out everytime. It’s dark and empty and cold. Good think it’s like the path…10 seconds and I’m done.

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And then I hit the seaport with the big ‘ol ship! Hi big ‘ol ship!

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A little running. A little running…Then there’s this weird grate thing that is right over the water that always makes me feel like I’m at Seaworld. Dolphins? Shamu? None today. Boo.

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Following that is a nice open stretch right along the water today. The wind was roaring here yesterday which made it quite difficult (and cold!) to run.

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Look! In the distance that’s the Verrazano-Narrows which goes from Staten Island to Brooklyn (this is really zoomed in) that starts the New York Marathon! One day…one day.

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Then I hit the bottom tip of Manhattan…there’s the ferry to Governor’s Island to the left and the ferry to Staten Island ahead.

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Staten Island Ferry up close!

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It’s turn-around time! I ran to Battery Park which is right at the bottom of the island looking up at Lower Manhattan, and where every tourist in Manhattan congregates to go to the Statue of Liberty. Thankfully I was there early (maybe 8am) so it was empty.

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It’s me halfway! Sorry I’m squinting…it was insanely sunny. That pointy thing to the left of me is the Statue of Liberty. I was feeling pretty good halfway. Taking pictures was totally distracting me so I barely noticed I was running. Let’s go back!

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Governor’s Island ferry to the right.

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This is a heli-port that was one crazy busy when I was running by it with all these photographers around. There was someone famous landing but I didn’t get to see who it was. In my mind, it was J.Lo and Marc Anthony. I feel like they would be the kind of self-absorbed famous people that need to fly around in helicopters. It still would have been super cool to see them. Or whoever it was.

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It’s the seaport again! Hi big ‘ol boat! (Hi Betsy!)

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Back under the FDR again in Chinatown. I was starting to feel it here. Gettin’ tired. A little wheezy from the cold. Keep on trucking, keep on trucking.

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The path is up ahead! I’m getting closer!

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Then I noticed the fence along the FDR had animals on it. Like this crab. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t eat a crab fished out of the East River. Wait-I would never eat a crab. Never mind.

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Pretty with the Williamsburg Bridge ahead and fields to the right. I saw lots of kids playing Pee Wee (is that right? I grew up around Hockey and that’s what it’s called in Hockey) Football and Soccer. I felt bad for them in that cold. I felt even worse for their parents…they were just standing there. It was freezing.

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Flat, weird packed dirt stretch!

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Mid-run pic! Eek. I’ve looked better. I apologize. But I was running!

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My 6th street cross-over up ahead! I’m almost done!

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Up the bridge. Get out of the way walker who is walking in the middle!

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Down the bridge.

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A final run along 6th street…

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A dog driving a truck…

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And I’m done! My final cool down.

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And there you have it! A great 7-miler in the cold to start the day. Thumbs up! Up next…TURKEY TROT!!

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43 Responses to “Running Update #13: Take a Run With Betsy!”


  1. 2 Pearl November 23, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    ahh thank you for that lovely tour! and i love your pink beanie :)

  2. 3 ttfn300 November 23, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    so much fun! and i look way worse on a run :) haha, good luck trotting!

  3. 4 glidingcalm November 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    ahhaha this post is awesome

  4. 5 Mom November 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    you looked so cute! I love the coral beanie too..didn’t I give that to you. a great post

  5. 6 SCL November 23, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Pretty sure that is the now abandoned Fulton Fish Market. I run up and down there a lot as well and appreciate the scenery sometimes.

    Very nice pictures…

  6. 7 eatingbender November 23, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    This post was so creative! Thank you for taking us along for the ride – er…I mean run! ;)

  7. 8 chandra November 24, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I love this!! I’ve never been to NYC (yet), but I’m DYING to. I always wondered what it really looks like (instead of just the bits and pieces you see in movies and such). Thanks for the running tour!! :)

  8. 9 healthy ashley November 24, 2008 at 9:32 am

    In a few weeks I’m heading to NYC for vacation.. and this post just inspired me to actually run outside (even if it’s cold)!

  9. 10 ashley (sweet & natural) November 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

    What a fun post! I don’t really like running around Manhattan, but I like the park! The dog driving a truck picture made me laugh out loud, btw. Hilarious.

  10. 11 Betsy November 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Mom-
    Yes you did.

    SCL-
    You’re totally right! It makes sense. It’s still really scary though.

    Chandra-
    I’m going to do a prettier run too soon…but down by me it’s pretty gritty.

    Ashley-
    Yes! Do it! No matter the weather, it’s the best way to see a city…on foot running!

    Sweet & Natural Ashley-
    I was waiting for someone to mention that cause it made me laugh out loud too!

  11. 12 Kate November 24, 2008 at 11:37 am

    YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE CUTEST!

  12. 13 Molly November 24, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Love it Betsy! I miss you AND New York!

  13. 14 Melissa November 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    OMG! What a great run and post. I have oftened wanted to do that with a run, but I am too much of a slacker! Great job, good luck with turkey trot. Oh, thanks for the cold weather clothing details. I find that no matter how cold it is, you do warm up after 10 minutes or so—as long as the wind behaves itself.

  14. 15 Jaclyn November 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    ooh, fun post. i love the “holy crap it’s cold” picture.

  15. 16 maggiescamera November 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    The title is cheesier the both Twilight book and movie!

    Love the sequence!

  16. 17 runningwithfood November 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Great post! Love the look on your face when you realize just how cold it is outside!! :)

  17. 18 Betsy November 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    The pic of it being cold is so real cause that was my true reaction!! It was soooooo cold!!!

  18. 19 Betsy November 24, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    shut it maggie. i’m going to beat you at the race thursday.

  19. 20 Tina November 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

    What a fun post! I love the shot of the dog driving the truck! :)

  20. 21 maggiescamera November 25, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I love the shot of the dog driving a truck too, and the caption under it. It seems so random with everthing else.

    And betsy….you know there is a lot of snow here.

  21. 22 Betsy November 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

    it looks random cause it was random!!! i did a double take when i saw it.

    snoooooooooooooooow. lots? is d having fun?

  22. 23 arielle November 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    This was hilarious. Especially the dog driving the truck. I am dying. Thanks for saying hi to me!

  23. 24 chris November 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

    No doubt that dog is on his way to buy better treats.

  24. 25 Alice (in Veganland) November 26, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Well, these pictures answer my questions about how you survive in the cold! with good warm clothes! I loved loved loved this post.

  25. 26 Camtim December 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome picts! What a great idea ;) There’s nothing better than seeing someone elses run, other than running myself :-)

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    This post rocks!!

    I just found your website through NYC fitness and I love it! I will be back for sure.

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