You Win, NYC

…You always do.

It’s barely 9 am and I feel like I’ve taken a serious beating so far today. As much as I love living in New York City, there are some days when the city really does just kick my butt and I don’t stand a chance.

I woke up at 5:45 this morning and, no surprise here, struggled a bit getting out of bed. I’m definitely looking forward to this weekend when I’ll get to catch up on some sleep!

I slowly got dressed and watched the news while I did some crunches. I must have tuned out the weather, because as I put on my running clothes and headed out the door, I truly had no idea the skies weren’t planning to be friendly this morning.

I ran in the sleet and freezing rain.

I didn’t run fast and I didn’t run too far (3 miles). I got pelted in the eyes with ice and I didn’t have many running companions joining me on the river path.

Running north was pretty brutal. The rain was coming down at a slant and I got slammed. But once I turned around and headed back south, it was kind of…awesome?

The rain was against my back and I couldn’t feel it at all. I found the final 1.5 miles of my run to be incredibly soothing, especially since my head phones are broken (yet again — I honestly go through a pair a month) and I wasn’t running to music.

Some people will argue that I should not have run considering the conditions this morning. But I paced myself, got a feel for the ground, didn’t stay out long and felt great when I was done.

And by “felt great” I mean “I returned to the apartment looking like a wet puppy.”

Thinking: "Whoa. Did I just do that? I'm an idiot."

The front of my vest was covered in a sheet of ice. I loved it. Of course, once I got into the warm apartment, it started to melt and made a total mess on my bathroom floor.

Feeling good, red nose and all.

So with my run out of the way, I was ready to kick my day into gear. I put on my favorite blue dress (photo to come later, maybe), pulled my hair into a ponytail and was out the door hoping to get to work early.

Then I waited for the bus to come. (On icky weather days I take the crosstown bus instead of walking to the subway.) I waited. I waited. I waited.

Finally a bus arrived, and I swipe my MetroCard — only to see that it has expired. I had no money on me.


I ended up having to hike to the subway station anyway, because in NYC you can’t purchase MetroCards on the bus.

Then I waited for the subway. A crowded one came, so I waited for another one. And then I watched two more totally full ones pass by.

Needless to say, I didn’t get to work early. But I made it in, and I’m still wearing my favorite blue dress. So I’m pretty sure it’s still going to be a great day.

And last night I had dinner with my dad. That was lovely. And tonight I’ll have my leftovers.

On that note, time to show NYC who’s boss!



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  1. Wow! You are one tuff cookie to have gone out! We are expecting 30cm of snow tomorrow here in Toronto! I will see if the running will happen with that 🙂

  2. That is awesome you still ran and stayed so positive after all the trouble it took getting to work! I would have probably been a grinch after that!

  3. I am so utterly impressed and envious of your adventurous runs in NYC! That’s hardcore! I am so jealous of cities with running paths right now. I’m glad you are making the most of this crazy winter.

  4. Total love hate with NYC. I honestly feel that NYC is the worst place in the world when the weather is bad- specifically rain. Props for getting out on the river path. I run the Hudson River Park from BPC and it can get brutal.

  5. You are so brave! I run 8 miles on the treadmill because I don’t want to go outside when it’s just cold. I couldn’t imagine running 3 miles in freezing rain! Good job girl!!

  6. Wow that was a little crazy to go out in this weather but you rocked it! At least you went out before it got worse right?
    The subways were trecherous this morning!!! I was stuffed between 2 tall guys, it was like they didn’t know I was there, no need to hold onto anything because I was wedged in there and wasn’t moving anywhere.

    Oh and don’t you hate when your metrocard runs out!!! I miss when they used to take money, first they took dollars, then it was change only and now….only their metrocards. boooo!!!! They should provide stations at the bus stops to purchase/check amounts of the metrocards if they require it for a ride.

  7. You are seriously hardcare to go run in rain & sleet. I would have been sitting by my window whining about the weather. 😉

    Transportation sounds like a gigantic nightmare in NYC and I can not imagine what it must be like. On one hand, it has to be super convenient that everything is fairly close and you don’t have to drive a car every day. On the other hand, having to stand in the snow/rain/whatever to wait for a bus sounds awful.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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