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Bronx 10 miler - with loopmeet - *PICS*

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Let's give the new Loop a go, shall we?

 

Dear fellow Loopsters - at least those of you who know or remember me.

You may have noticed from my Facebook feed that last week I was in NYC with my wife, Countess FiFi the Fearless. Well, that only lasted five days. Not even the time to recover from the timezone-induced discombobulation and I already had to fly back to old Italia and get an even worse jet lag.

What to do in notoriously extremely boring NYC? Watch the bagels rise? Or concrete dry? What kind of (safe but exciting) activities can a hapless tourist from Europe hope to be part of? 

Lucky me, I have an agent or two in New York City. My good friend and Manhattan resident MsRitz suggested I sign up for a 10-mile race in the Bronx, unexpectedly called Bronx 10 mile (they must have really thought this through). A hush-hush, low-key, 15,000 runners affair in the worst-mouthed Big Apple borough.

Those of you who know me will already know that I tend to avoid road races like I avoid the Ebola virus. However, I am not the person to say no to a good friend; plus, I don't always get to run races in new places. So I decided to cough up the race fee and signed up, knowing I wouldn't regret it.

So all I had to do, last Sunday, was to take the D train to the 161st St. stop (or was it the 4 train?). Now you must know that when I was little, the only information I had about the NYC metro system was from movies such as 1979's "The Warriors" (hopefully you'll know what I'm talking about), in which the metro trains were the favorite means of transportation for the city's riffraff and the preferred setting for stabbings, gang fights and all sorts of seedy and dodgy dealings. But I digress; today's NYC metro system is a model of efficiency and safety: the wagons even have beautiful poems framed inside, for the spiritual elevation of the few passengers that are not engrossed in their social media feeds on their phones.

I actually managed to meet MsRitz on the train itself, and we made our way to the finish area for me to drop my change bag. And then...

...A MIRACLE

MsRitz surprised me by letting me meet another great Loop friend of mine: the one and only Cheeky Ninja Runner, whom I'd had the privilege to be a tour guide of in Milan, a couple of years ago.

And I have proof of this meetup!

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A European Loopster visit will always make the local news . Moreover , I instantly become a chick magnet . Please note : this picture was taken BEFORE the race . It was soooo hot that I sweated half of my body weight during the race ; you can   only   imagine that I smelled like a donkey afterwards . My chick magnetism vanished .

 

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I ' m still a barely presentable human in this pic .

 

Anyways: we made our way to the start corral - MsRitz even used her superpowers to sneak me in the "B" corral, in the midst of runners much fitter than I.

Of course there were the emotional moments before the start; a thought and a prayer for those involved in the hurricanes and those hit by the earthquake in Mexico. After the Star-Spangled Banner we were off!

I was actually wearing trail shoes for this race - I think I can be forgiven, I don't really do road running.

Man, I'd forgotten how HARD it is to run on pavement! The only half-decent picture I have from the race is this one:

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" So , is this black surface called pavement then ?"

To make a long story short and stop boring you guys off your skins, I started briskly; however, I soon bonked/flopped, so I decided to just shuffle my way to the end of the race. I won't bother telling you about my final time - nothing to be proud of anyway.

What I'm proud of, instead, is that through the now-defunct Loop I have been able to meet so many amazing people - it ain't all "weird internet people", you know. Thanks for enduring this excruciating read of a bloop and type ya soon.

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Funny faces !

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Until next bloop,

Mooooooooooose .

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2 minutes ago, meowmom said:

I don ' t think I ever asked you during our   meet - up - how did you find The Loop on RW ?

Good question ... I think I was simply checking out the USA RW website ( there is an Italian version too ) and that was back in 2009 , when the Loop was on the RW   main page - at least the " Featured bloggers - the mighty right siders ". I started reading , then lurking , then commenting , then blooping ! :)

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Same exact thing here ( even the same year )! I was researching stuff for the plantar issues I was having from rolling my ankle and in the bottom right - hand corner - there it was !! I lurked from like August until November . Getting over to the right side was like a long awaited PR !  :D

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Great trip and loop meetup .

I don ' t remember anything about finding the Loop , but surely would have been from RW home page .

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Excruciating ? I think not ! So jealous of Ms . Ritz and Cheeky Runner . And where was your Countess while you were exerting your magnetic attraction ? 

I think many of us joined the Loop around the same time in the same way .

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4 hours ago, gdionelli said:

Excruciating ? I think not ! So jealous of Ms . Ritz and Cheeky Runner . And where was your Countess while you were exerting your magnetic attraction ? 

I think many of us joined the Loop around the same time in the same way .

She was fast asleep in the hotel bed ! :D

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Moooooooooose BLOOP !!! Yay !!!! I was so jealous when I saw you were stateside . Hope that , despite the road race , the rest of the trip was great !!!

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I hope to make it to NYC to see loopsters and run a race sometime . Hope you had a great trip despite how short it was .

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Nice job on running a hot road race no matter what the time ! And nice to see a bloop from you getting this new Loop going !

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Race report : check .  Pics : check .  The new site seems to be working so far , although I do miss those photos of the Alps .  But I ' m sure they will come soon , right ?  Even so , it ' s good to have another Moose sighting -- in NYC , no less !

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Adding pics to posts is really easy .  I suggest copying it from somewhere online ( Ctrl - C ) then placing your cursor in the post where you want it and pasting ( Ctrl - V ).  Same works from an image on your desktop .  Or from your desktop , just drag it where you want it .  If you want , you can also drag it to the bottom of the editor or use the choose files option at the bottom of the editor .

On a tablet ?  Not much harder .  Find the image you want , please and hold it .  Either copy the image or the image URL from the pop up menu .  Wherever you want it on the post , press and hold , the when you see the Paste pop up , click it . 

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I ' m thinking you smelled more like , oh , I don ' t know ... a MOOSE than a donkey :-)   Good to see you again .   Wish I could have been there .

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A Moose on asphalt !   And in NY !   Sorry I missed that .   Next time post your travel plans in Loopville .

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29 minutes ago, Slow_Running said:

A Moose on asphalt !   And in NY !   Sorry I missed that .   Next time post your travel plans in Loopville .

I will !! :)

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22 hours ago, NavEng said:

I hear sweaty donkeys can be pretty attractive .

Not to NYC ladies , apparently .

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Moooooose ... Come out to play - ayyyyyyy !

I don ' t know why anyone who saw The Warrioirs would EVER show up in NYC . Glad you did and great to read about it !

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2 hours ago, J Zee said:

Moooooose ... Come out to play - ayyyyyyy !

I don ' t know why anyone who saw The Warrioirs would EVER show up in NYC . Glad you did and great to read about it !

I was afraid the reference would be missed and would be above everyone ' s head ! I am very happy that at least you know about that movie !

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very happy to see a post from the moooose .. all my imaginary internet friends are back ! woot !

 

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