Running- Through My Eyes

So, I was running the other day… yes, what else is new?

I was running through Central Park, my required 5 mile run for half-marathon training… ok that’s kinds cool but what does it have to do with eyes?

And I was in total awe of how beautiful the park was with the setting sun sparkling off the snow and ice, which was covering the ground and trees.  It looked something like a winter wonderland.  A silent white glistening undisturbed other-world.

I suddenly had the desire to show everyone what beauty I stare at when I run.  I wanted to share that with everyone.

It’s the same way I feel when I’m running Hudson Greenway/ Riverside Park path and the George Washington Bridge appears for the first time in the distance around a corner, peeking up from behind the trees.

GWB sunset

Or the way I felt on New Years Eve on the downhill final mile of the run- New York City all lit up for the night coming into view in all it’s splendor and glory.

I don’t know how to show it.  To share what I see.  And I don’t know if any of you would care.  I can’t find words to do the view justice… and I can’t stop a run every 2 minutes to take more pictures.

So what’s the point of this post?  
I don’t really know.  I do know that I haven’t written in ages and that when I’m running these are just things I realize.  I suppose, what i see is so often what keeps me going.  I’m almost finished with week 2 of training and it’s starting to take me to places that are truly challenging.  I know it will only get harder before it gets easier and I reach the final prize.  And when I’m somewhere in the middle of a run and my mind starts to talk me down and get tired I start looking around me.  I put myself in the present moment and open my eyes to truly see what I’m in.  I distract my mind with light and shadows and eventually it clears and is calm and quiet.  My body takes over and I look on.

Snowy trees

I had someone ask if I get emotional when I run… or when I’m done with a run.  My reply- Yes.  “When I do a really good run- in time, distance, or just feeling- I get a little choked up at the end (and sometimes in the middle when I hear my mile count and get really proud of myself).  Partly because it’s over, and partly because- in that moment- I feel so powerful and amazing”.

I’m discovering how personal running can be.  It’s become more then just a workout routine for me… more then just a way to lose weight or make myself forget about how lonely I am.  It’s a time when it’s just me.  I have to be honest and true to myself and no one else.  It comes down to myself- body and mind,  my shoes, and the road(or the tread mill).

I still have a long way to go to 13.1 miles… then eventually the big 26.2.  In fact, in about 12 hours I’ll be out on a 5 mile run to wrap up this week.  But the only one who’s gonna get me there is me. 

What keeps you moving?  Comment, Share, Like, Follow, Tweet (@nychristiane) or Instagram (@nychristiane).

lovealways, christiane

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Wine and Star Trek

This is not intended to be a long train of thought post or tell about some funny story from the day. Ok just writing to say:

Don’t take for granted the little things
the special moments
the small personal quirks that make you love someone
the inside jokes
the similar interests
the quiet time together.

Because you never know… In the blink of an eye, everything you thought was strong and true can vanish and you are leave you sitting alone in a quiet apartment with a glass of wine and a
Star Trek movie wishing you had one more moment, one chance to be yourself instead of a false manicured version of yourself that even you don’t love.

Love those who love you.

Goodnight all

❤ always. Christiane

I hope you dance

Hey y’all!!!!! I know, I know…it’s been a LONG time, but that just means lots to tell 😀

I think this will be sort of an anything goes post, I’m to tired to think of some witty theme or layout, so here it goes.

I JUST GOT OUT OF MY FIRST DANCE CLASS IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!! A 2 hour ballet class never felt so good!! After sort of convincing my roommate she should take yoga in the park with me this morning, I couldn’t sit in the apartment while she went off to class this afternoon… So I threw on some dance appropriate clothes and jumped right in! (Thank you Megan!!) it felt so good and I wasn’t a total mess- actually I felt pretty good like I knew what I was doing and confident with it.

Now I’m at Starbucks writing this post!

I am LOVING my job at the yoga studio. My managers and coworkers are wonderful and the environment is so chill while still being professional. I’m working with a lot of dancers, so I’m in a good place to ask questions and get feedback on places to take classes and audition.

Rain Room is almost at an end. At the moment we are still planning on closing the exhibit on Sunday, August 28th. The lines have been getting longer and longer, earlier and earlier. Which is challenging, but again, I’m working with such awesome people– that’s what really gets me through the rough days… And I think that holds true for most of us. It acted up again the other day and that was interning, but it got up and running again. We were also on the front page of the Timed and press has been all over RR… Just adding another layer of stress. Atlanta TV host, Walter Reeves, came up to New York and visited the Rain Room. I met up with him and it was really nice to go through the exhibit as a person

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What else…? Lets see. I’m still waiting to hear back from Apple. About a week or so ago I sentinel my official application for employment and filled out the background check information. Everyone out there reading please cross your fingers and hope for the best, I’m interested in this job!

And while you are crossing your fingers, cross them again for my HOUSING SEARCH!! While I had hoped to have something for August 1st, September 1st wouldn’t be the end of the world and is looking like the more realistic option. I’ve seen some potential places and have feelers out about others. Of course it would be nice to live with people I at least know, but really I just ant my own room, my own bed, decor, and temperature. So that’s the big thing I’m working on now… Tedious and time consuming… But it will be worth it, I know it!

The weather… The weather has been HOT. Actually, hot is an understatement…

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Working outside in what feels like 107 degrees for about a week was tolling, but we all made it through, and this past Sunday was the first day I could walk out of the apartment and not start sweating immediately. With the heat though, I was encouraged to make homemade lemonade

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It was really good!

Is there anything else? This is kind of the quick and dirty post just to let y’all know I’m still alive and NYC is still crazy fun and exciting.

I don’t really know what else to write. I’ll try to get back into a routine but right now all I can think of is taking a shower and making dinner!

Until next time! 🙂

❤ always, Christiane