Always learning something new

This past weekend, I was up in NYC visiting my friend Sarah.  As always, we had a great time.  However, this time, I did learn a few things.

1) Central Park is a veeeery large circle and it is easy to get lost.  Saturday morning, I left Sarah’s apartment for a quick 40 minute jog.  Since she lives just a few blocks from Central Park, it only made sense to do an out-and-back there.  Plus, I had done this before.  Well, my 40 minutes turned into over an hour, and I ended up doing 7+ miles.  Once I hit the turn-around point (after about 22 minutes), I headed back exactly how I came.  Except, I couldn’t remember exactly which way that was.  I headed one way, doubted myself, and the retraced my steps to head the other way.  After running about a quarter-mile in that direction, I realized I was wrong and turned around to go the way I had the first time.  I followed the road around to a park exit on 69th Street.  Yessss! Sarah lives off 69th!  I was so proud of myself, and felt like I could easily navigate myself in this huge city! I got about 3 blocks down the road when I realized, Sarah lives on EAST 69th Street, and I was on WEST 69th Street.  UGH. I headed right back to the park.  So then I followed the straightest path possible right through the park to end up on East 69th.  And arrived at her door, an hour later.  Yes, Central Park, next time I will carry a map.  Or my phone.  Probably both.  And maybe ask for directions too.

Definitely not my finest hour. Literally.

2) Yummy tacos come with an odd/cool/unique decor.  For linner (we skipped lunch in lieu of seeing The Hunger Games.  BEST. DECISION. EVER.) we went to this little restaurant called Cascabel Taqueria.  We started with the guac and it was perfect!  I order the carnitas tacos, and they came topped with crispy rice.  It was delicious! The tacos were so over stuffed, that you really only need 2 to make you full.  The first one I attempted to eat like a real taco, but the second one, I had to go at it with a fork.  And then there was the decor.  Reminded me of Nacho Libre (I think that’s what that movie was called?).  Was a cute, fun theme.  I DEF want to come here again (ya heard, Sarah!).  There are soo many taco options to try!

3) Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean are AWESOME in concert! Yep! We headed out of the city, to New Jersey (i know..) to the IZOD Center.  There we witnessed the awesomeness that is Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.  It was seriously so much fun! Also, must note, Luke Bryan’s attempts to dance were just so freakin’ cute!

(Sorry, no actual pics of Jason.  I’ll have to get Sarah to share some)

4) I like coconut water, but not tropical fruit coconut water.  I thought it wold be awesome.  I mean adding more tropical fruits to coconut sounds like perfection and happiness.  But no. Eww. Gross.  I feel betrayed by the pretty pink carton design.  Eww.  Can’t even talk about it.  Just don’t make the same mistake I did.

All in all, it was a great weekend get-a-way.  Next time, Sarah PROMISES to take me to one of the many cycling studios in her hood.  So, I look forward to that adventure someday.  🙂  But for now, I need to take an adventure to Rite Aid to stock up on candy! Can you believe my candy drawer at work is empty??!!

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4 thoughts on “Always learning something new

  1. I would have totally gotten lost too. I have a terrible sense of direction. Glad you had fun though!

  2. Those tacos look really yummy!

    I don’t blame you for getting lost, I get lost in my own city sometimes and can’t imagine how lost I’d get in Central Park.

  3. Ooops on getting lost! 🙂 I got lost in the woods once on a trail run, and the woods barely counted as woods. I could hear cars driving nearby, but couldn’t find a way to the road! Ah well, you got some nice miles in!

  4. Haha. I ALWAYS find myself getting disoriented when I run in Central Park! I agree with you about the coconut water. I love plain coconut water but can’t stand the flavored ones.

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