I spent this past weekend in NYC with my amazing friends Michelle, Cathy and Carmy. This trip came about when Michelle decided to run the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. We all jumped on board with the idea of making a girls trip out of it and the planning began.
It didn’t take long before we realized that NYC is expensive and we are all quite poor! Instead of dwelling on the things we wouldn’t be able to do, we embraced the idea that it’s not what you do but rather who you are with that truly matters. I got in touch with my friends, Ron & Susan, and asked if we could stay with them for a few nights. They are truly fantastic and quickly said yes! Within minutes we had ourselves free accommodations in Queens!
I decided to break my trip to NYC into multiple blog posts instead of one giant, long winded tail! Today I am sharing the bare bones of our itinerary to just give you a glimpse of what it was all about! It’s easy to see we didn’t see a Broadway show, eat anywhere fancy or go to any sports games! It’s possibly to have an amazing trip without spending a ton of money!
Thursday, September 1
- on the road by 5:30am
- ate lunch at McDonald’s after deciding we had spent enough time in Binghamton, NY and didn’t need anything better than chicken nuggets
- hit the typical traffic in NYC but made it to Queens snagging a free parking spot on the street directly across from their house
- headed into Times Square for dinner at City Kitchen
- visited the M&Ms store
- subway back to Queens and bed
Friday, September 2
- back into Manhattan to eat breakfast at the Kellogg’s restaurant with Jen from Chicago & Nicole from NYC
- race kit pickup at the New Balance Flat Iron store
- walked to the World Trade Center making a stop at Washington Square Park for pictures cuz it’s gorgeous!
- visited the 9/11 memorial
- went to Bareburger for lunch in the Financial District
- headed back to Queens so we could spend over 2 hours in Target because #priorities. We also got followed by security for a long time until they realized we are just crazy; not actual criminals
- ate dinner consisting of food we picked up at Target (I had a $1 lunchable, some of a hot pocket, a banana and yogurt)
- early to bed for the racing peeps
Saturday, September 3
- back to Manhattan again for the race
- Carmy & I carried bags and cheered
- finally had lunch very late at Europa Cafe
- hit up the giant Nike store where Devon (worker) most definitely hates Michelle, Jen & I. He actually said, “I’m sure someone out there loves you.” DON’T ACCIDENTALLY KNOCK OVER SOCKS AT NIKE. THEY DO NOT FIND THIS FUNNY. If you do find yourself with socks all over the ground around you–definitely don’t laugh. It doesn’t help. (We are sorry, Devon!)
- went to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked across taking running pics of each other as we went. We definitely did not force people to wait while we did this. That would be rude.
- made it to Brooklyn; took night pictures; wanted pizza but the lines were long so we ended up at a Mexican place called Gran Electrica that was AMAZING and had the best staff ever.
- bed by 1am
Sunday, September 4
- up at 6AM to Subway to the Queensboro Bridge with Michelle
- ran across the bridge and into Central Park for 25 km which I recapped here already
- after the run we headed back to Queens, changed our clothes and got into the car smelling delightful
- drove back home which managed to take us 12 hours and another McDonald’s in Binghamton stop
- slept in our own beds Sunday night
According to my TomTom watch (review coming soon!) we covered just over 67km on our feet. No wonder I spent Monday & Tuesday in a daze!
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing more details on my favourite food we ate & activities that we did, so be sure to check back! You don’t want to miss it!:)