A Few Random Thoughts

by ashleyd on November 1, 2012

Looking out the window from my midtown office this morning, it was as if Sandy never happened.

There are so many things I could talk about in this post but honestly right now I just don’t have the energy. Instead, I’ll summarize a few of my thoughts and then share with you the fun information, like how you can track me during the marathon on Sunday.

  • Life without power: Last night after a much needed yoga class at Equinox with Sarra Morton who was substituting uptown, we showered and picked up dinner in midtown before making the trek back downtown. Crossing 38th street it literally felt like you were crossing into a black hole. Walking into our apartment, after navigating the dark stairwell up two flights of steps, is even darker. But, once we come into the house, crack a window for ventilation, light the 15 scented candles I’ve accumulated over the years, turn Friends on via the iPad, and cuddle on the couch all is right in the world. Bo and I have both decided we can handle the dark and even the lack of power. At the end of the day it’s not having water that is driving me insane. I drink a lot of water. Think gallons per day. Therefore, just the thought of once I walk through the door of our apartment I am limited to the bottle water we have on hand which as of last night was dwindling, gives me a parched mouth. In addition, no water means no flushing toilets, no water to rinse our dishes which have now piled up, and no way to easily carry out my evening ritual of washing my face and brushing my teeth drives me insane. But, then I sit and think about how lucky we are versus some of the other people we know and everything is put into perspective. Is it kind of crazy that I’ll have to go to a friends house tomorrow on my day off to do a blog post, download new music from iTunes, and create my playlist? Sure it does but you know what, I’ll get through it. In addition, Bo and I have decided that living through this has brought the two of us even closer. Want to get close with your significant other, suffer through food poisioing at the same time and live without utilities under the same roof for mutliple days.
  • Why haven’t we taken refuge at our friends’ homes? In simple terms, it’s just easier to stay. We have been limiting our time at home now that our offices and gyms are open which means that we are only home to sleep. Sleeping in the comfort of our queen size bed, even if it means doing so in a sweatshirt and flannel pajama pants due to the cold, is more comfortable than an air mattress or the hard floor. While we can’t really change the situation we can make our marathon taper as comfortable as possible and this seems to help.
  • Do I feel like the marathon should take place this Sunday?  I can no longer count on two hands the number of people who have asked me the question since Mary Whittenberg and Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday that the ING NYC Marathon will run on Sunday. This, similar to politics, is just something that I don’t want to discuss on the blog. At the end of the day I think of my readers as friends and rarely do I bring up politics or religion with friends, especially in a group situation. I will provide you all with the same answer I gave to my mom and co-workers today though. I am trusting that Mary Whittenberg, Mayor Bloomberg, the NYRR, and all parties involved made the decision that they felt best not only for the runners but the city and surrounding areas and parties involved. Instead of talking more about this topic I’ll direct you to my lovely friend Erica’s site where she said everything that I have been thinking. In addition, I’ll let you know that come Sunday I’ll be thinking about my dear friend and co-worker Joanne, who has suffered more than anyone else I know these past few days, every step of the way.

So, now that we’ve covered all those random thoughts of all the things I need to do before Sunday morning.

I have this fear that due to the chaos of everything right now I’ll forget something so I figure sharing it here is a good way to remember.

  • Go to marathon expo to pick up bib (Bo and I are going tonight and I’m not volunteering there tomorrow from 9-2. If you’re there, find me and say hi!)
  • Buy an iPod shuffle (My current iPod was found one day in a cab and while it’s served me well for over a year, it hasn’t been very reliable lately and I want something smaller for the marathon.)
  • Make a playlist for Sunday.
  • Charge my Garmin and find a Garmin for Bo to use on Sunday
  • Figure out our throw away clothes situation (I don’t feel right going to Salvation Army right now as there are other people who truly need these clothes. I think we’ll use old flannel pj pants and drugstore robes.)
  • Figure out our Saturday plans for dinner and charging things as it now sounds like Con-Edison has told all of Manhattan that power won’t be back until 11pm on Saturday.
  • Put Bo’s name on his race day shirt.
  • Get my nails painted for the race (I’m thinking Lincoln Park After Dark will go best with my black and pink outfit but we’ll see).

So, if you’ve made it through all this and are still interested in tracking me on Sunday, here are my details:

Start: 10:55, Blue Wave #4, Corral #59

Bib: 59623

If you go to this site you can track me, and up to 3 runners via text. In addition, you can also track me via Facebook and Twitter. It costs $2.99 in advance and $3.99 on race day.ORYou can track via the web on race day “live time.”

For those who are spectating, I will post a picture of my outfit in Saturday’s post though I can tell you know that I’m wearing neon pink zensah calf sleeves, black CW-X shorts, a neon pink sparkly skirt, a dark gray Lululemon long sleeve shirt that has my name on the front, along with my Camelbak! I’ll also do my best to stay on the left side of the street to make things easier.

I still plan on doing a post tomorrow sharing my race day tips and tricks for the New York City Marathon, though many are no longer valid due to changes in transportation methods.

Until next time, I’m off to the ING NYC Marathon Expo with Bo! I’m so excited to experience the next few days with him since it’s all new for him.

Thanks for the warm wishes, texts, tweets, Facebook messages, and more! You guys are amazing!

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{ 11 comments }

Rebecca November 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I’ve never seen anything as crazy as walking down a pitch-black 5th avenue or crossing from completely lit streets into a black hole by taking a single step. I live in Alphabet City, and it truly is a ghost town now. My heart breaks for the city and its people. I was evacuated so I went to stay with a friend, who was evacuated shortly after me. It’s been a whirlwind and exhausting but I’ve never been more proud of NYC and our ability to rally together. The random acts of kindness have given me so much hope.

I wish you luck these next few days! It’s certainly trying to live without power, water etc., but, I for one, have felt my character, sense of self and flexibility grow to new levels this week. Here’s to a speedy recovery for all effected by Sandy!!

@ShannonAMay November 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thinking about you!!!!

Deborah November 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I lived through Hurricane Fran when I was still living in North Carolina. We had no power for over a week. I totally understand how difficult it is to endure. Going through something like this will only make you stronger.

I am right there with you about sharing my thoughts about the marathon still happening on Sunday. Today was my first day back in the office and that is all anyone is asking me. I know everyone has there own opinion and is entitled to it, but I don’t need anyone making me feel bad for running it. I agree it’s just like talking politics. My response has been similar to yours and that I am still running and hopefully it will bring some spirit to the city.

Gabby @ Marathons and Macarons November 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I’ll be at the expo tomorrow – will try to look for you and say hi! I’m signed up to volunteer as an Italian interpreter on Saturday at the expo and Sunday at the finish line – really hope the international runners can make it to NYC in time!

Regina November 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Good Luck Sunday! Totally random but I am not running Sunday so I don’t need my Garmin. If you would like to use it I am also volunteering tomorrow and happy to bring it with me and let you use it. I’m sure preparing for the marathon with no power is stressful- if that would be one less thing you need to worry about happy to help!

Dana November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

I am so sorry you have had such a trying time post-Sandy. I honestly feel a bit bad that the worst we suffered is the fact that we are ‘stuck’ in Brooklyn. While I certainly see both sides to the marathon debate, I am glad it is going to happen. I will be out cheering for everyone running, and I think it will do the city good to have something exciting and happy to think about for a few hours.

Beth @ 990 Square November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Good luck on Sunday, and with all of the recovery efforts!

michelle kim November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Wish you luck!
What I did for my throw-away clothes was cut along the middle of an old old hoodie. It was nice to have a hood and it was super easy to take off and throw away (though it can’t button or zip up or anything).

Liz November 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I understand that you trained extensively for this race, but I just can’t fathom how you or anyone else can think this is an appropriate event to hold. You are lucky that you still have a roof over your head. Just yesterday the bodies of two young boys were pulled from the water mere feet from the marathon starting line. Millions are without power, food, gasoline and a home to live in. The marathon will hand out water and food and have bathroom facilities and huge warming tents for 40,000 runners while millions of actual residents are huddling in shelters or worse for warmth. How can you justify running a marathon when your fellow residents are suffering so badly? Where is your soul?

Emily November 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

I totally agree with everything Liz just said! Priorities people!

Throwback NYCM November 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

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