Today I participated in the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research 2010 at Central Park with a team from church. Once a month, the fellowship groups select an activity or ministry that serves the community, and we decided that joining a 5K and raising money for a worthwhile cause would be both fun and beneficial. Though the forecast predicted high winds and overcast skies, the weather was absolute perfection today, and after a week of sitting in a cubicle, I was more than ready to spend time in the beautiful outdoors and get moving.
The first mile was fairly easy, the second challenging, the third downright brutal. Right as I was starting to tire during the final mile, I fortunately ran into one of my colleagues, who kept me motivated and accountable to finish strong, even encouraging me to sprint the last stretch to the finish line. Though I only have trained once since arriving in New York, I did respectably, coming in at a final time of 23:44, or just under eight minutes a mile, which met the personal goal I had set for myself.
After the race, we decided to go down to the Lower East Side for lunch to hit up the fantastic Grub Street Food Festival hosted by New York Magazine, who assembled their favorite and best-reviewed street eats for the event. I wish I had known in advance and done some research because I was completely floored and overwhelmed by the quantity of delicious food. It has to be one of my all-time favorite culinary experiences in the city so far. I ended up getting to try:
- a decadently succulent lobster roll from Luke's Lobster
- a Korean taco stuffed with barbecued beef, cucumbers, slaw, and kim chi from Pako Taco
- a "double," or fried bread filled with curried chickpeas and tamarind sauce, from Gloria's
- panna cotta with 10-year-aged balsamic vinegar from Il Buco
- a cream soda from P&H Soda Co.
All that before 2 p.m. today. I'm home now, and it looks like the rest of today will be spent blissfully curled up in bed with my TV shows. Thank God for weekends!
|A pretty autumn morning in Central Park = perfect running weather.|
|Stragglers hurtle toward the finish line at the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research 2010.|
|One of the runners gives supporters high fives as he crosses the finish line.|
|Noshing on the abundant free post-run snacks, including fruit, donuts, bagels, coffee, tea, and juice.|
|Live music and a Manhattan skyline backdrop.|
|Participants slowly trickle back into the staging area as they complete the run.|
|The requisite group photo of Boon Church members from the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research 2010.|
|Strolling through the Tucker Square Greenmarket by Lincoln Center on the way to the subway station.|
|Pretty pink flowers on sale at the farmers' market.|
|The madhouse of the Grub Street Food Festival on Hester Street.|
|Foodies stand in line for some of the best-reviewed street food in the city.|
|The mouthwatering lobster and crab rolls from the Luke's Lobster booth.|
|My lobster half-roll cost $8, but the tender, succulent seafood was worth every penny.|
|Watching the chefs behind the scenes at Pako Taco, featuring Korean fusion.|
|Korean tacos with barbecued beef, kim chi, cucumber, slaw, and sauce.|
|"Doubles," or fried bread stuffed with curried chickpeas and tamarind sauce, at Gloria's.|
|Panna cotta topped with 10-year-aged balsamic vinegar from Il Buco.|
|Italian sodas from P&H Soda Co.|
|Soda syrups for sale from P&H Soda Co.|
|Rendezvous at the adjacent park after barely escaping the crushing mob of the Grub Street Food Festival.|