The way to my heart is through chocolate layer cake with my name on top. Brian knows.

This Weekend By The Numbers

Date: September 23, 2013 at 7:14 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 52

…because why use words when numbers will suffice?

10: Times I swore I was going to clean the apartment this weekend.

0: Things in the apartment that got cleaned.

Ya filthy animal...

Ya filthy animal…

5: Times I saw Buzunesh Deba, my favorite favorite favorite elite runner, training in Central Park Saturday.

2: New friends I made at JackRabbit Saturday. Pamela of SparklySoul fame and Michelle of fast-runner-and-also-a-model fame.

ZEBRA PANTS OUT TO PLAY. Again. I finally washed them this weekend, though.

ZEBRA PANTS OUT TO PLAY. Again. I finally washed them this weekend, though.

7:30 PM: Time I started getting ready for bed Saturday night before realizing it was only 7:30 PM and that’s too early to go to bed.

20: Blocks I walked, round-trip, to delay my bedtime in pursuit of a tiny bit of fro-yo and a size-of-my-face dollop of hot fudge.

8:30 PM: Time I actually got into bed Saturday night.

11: Hours of sleep I got that night.

1: Number of times I screamed “Good luck!” at Jenny Simpson during her warm-up for the Fifth Avenue Mile (which she went on to win).

I SWEAR we made eye contact during her victory lap, too. And I swear eye contact used to be girl code for "let's be besties," but maybe something recently changed.

I SWEAR we made eye contact during her victory lap, too. And I swear eye contact used to be girl code for “let’s be besties,” but maybe something recently changed.

1: Number of times Jenny Simpson looked at me, smiled, and sweetly said, “Thank you!”

0: Number of times Jenny Simpson texted me after the race to plan a sleepover or rundate. Bummer.

1: Time I Skyped with Tyler, who is getting so unbelievably big, mostly in his head area and not so much in his tiny body area.

LOOK AT THOSE TEENY LEGS. LOOK AT THAT GIANT HEAD.

LOOK AT THOSE TEENY LEGS. LOOK AT THAT GIANT HEAD.

1: Surprise Ali Cake to wrap up the weekend.

The way to my heart is through chocolate layer cake with my name on top. Brian knows.

The way to my heart is through chocolate layer cake with my name on top. Brian knows.

0: Times I foam rolled. Oops.

And the most important, most magical, most special numbers of all…

HELL YEAH.

HELL YEAH.

20: Number of miles I ran Saturday.

8:45: Minutes per mile I averaged during that run.

26.2: The total number of miles I ran this weekend (the 20 strong-feeling miles Saturday followed by 6.2 sloggy miles Sunday). It’s also the number of miles I hope to run on November 3, 2013, from Staten Island, through Brooklyn, into Queens, over to Manhattan, through the Bronx for a bit and finally, a victory lap through Central Park.

A rare sunSET photo. Because I ran at night one time this week. It was a terrible run, but the views were nice.

A rare sunSET photo. Because I ran at night one time this week. It was a terrible run, but the views were nice.

I may get injured between now and then (see above note about lack of foam rolling).

I may get sick between now and then. I have no way of planning for that.

I don’t have a training plan, a coach or a running log. I don’t have a goal time and I don’t have a clue what “marathon goal pace” will or should be.

I don’t have expectations — only high hopes.

All I know is that if I can, I will.

GOT ANY IMPORTANT WEEKEND NUMBERS TO SHARE ON YOUR END? PR times? Miles run? Planking records? Number of cakes eaten? Shout ‘em out!

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