Running the NYRR Gridiron 4-mile race has become something of a tradition for me each year. My running buddy Beth and I first ran it together in 2013 and every year I get to catch up with her and lots of NYC runner friends at this laid back race on Super Bowl morning.
Y’all know I’m not much into running these days…I mean, did you see my HUGE back squat PR!?;) That being said, it’s not all that hard to convince me to come into the city for a few miles with friends in Central Park. Especially when those miles are easy paced!
I ordered the Mayan Eggs and it totally hit the spot! The plantains were what really sealed the deal for me, but you really can’t go wrong with eggs, guac, rice and beans. I totally loved Spring Kitchen and can’t wait to go back and try some of the other menu items.
Of course, it was also great to catch up with my NYC runner ladies, who I don’t see nearly enough anymore now that I live on Long Island. The distance makes it tough to see each other, plus I come in for races a lot less often now that I spend more time on CrossFit. I definitely spent some of brunch trying to convince the ladies to sip the CrossFit koolaid! 😉
When everyone else went on to their Super Bowl plans, I headed home to prepare for the week. The whole country was watching the big game and I was busy cooking and recipe testing (stay tuned for a fun one this week). To be honest, this was perfect for me as I already spent the morning with my runner friends and wanted to be prepared for the busy week ahead. And, as an introvert (borderline hermit), social plans don’t come easy to me. I definitely need my alone time to decompress and not have to chat or make small talk. I would have been miserable going from brunch with friends to a Super Bowl party where I’d have to be around more people.
Balancing social plans and my introvert ways is something I’m still working on. Part of my plan to achieve more of this balance in 2017 is to schedule social plans at least once a month. With a growing side business, I tend to devote my “free time” to business-y things like blogging, recipe development and client meetings. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and just “forget” to make plans with friends, family or even that guy I share my home with. 😉 I tend to get stuck in a homebody rut if I don’t commit to a real plan, like I did with the Gridiron 4-mile race tradition. Reaching out and putting plans on my calendar is already making all the difference, because I’m truly happier when I spend time with my people…and then go home to be by myself for a bit. 🙂
Did you go to a Super Bowl party?Are you an introvert or social butterfly? How do you strike a balance? Teach me your ways!