It’s been a few days since I have been back in YYC before I update on my latest river runs I wanted to share my last PPTC run in Brooklyn.
House sparrow in Prospect Park, morning of PJ Run
The winter chill and the holidays makes one feel all Gemütlichkeit—the need to get cozy with soft, fluffy things (kittens included) and warm drinks. Migrating birds are almost all gone, and the local house sparrows have the bushes almost all to themselves. However, only a bunch of narly runners would think this is the time to go running through the streets of Brooklyn in pajamas. But not before first passing the dog run, none of whom were wearing PJs.
The PPTC pajama run is a social run, a group run that is not so much focused on pace or distance but more on fun and conversation. The group met at Grand Army Plaza, the usual starting point of group runs. We were all in some level of pajamas attire ranging from just PJ bottoms (with a running top, of course as this wasn’t the naked run) to an adult onesie. I wore some flannel bottoms that I picked up from Phat Albert’s for $1.99. The same ones that they have been trying to sell off since the summer.
Pajama squad gathered, Lisa one of our fearlessly flanneled leaders
With an almost 6 mile route planned out by the event organizers, we headed off down 9th street, across Court St., down Union St. over to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was an easy glide down the terminal moraine towards the waterfront.
The faster runners kept pace ahead while the sexier runners held up the end. I ran with two teammates, one in wearing a super hero pajama set with cape, and the other in multiple flannels and a goofy hat. I was fun getting curious glances and trivial stares from other runners and pedestrians, “Here comes more people running in pajamas!” To which Murray responded, “the only way to run!”
My 11:00 pace squad 🙂 (Murray in the orange hat and Superman aka Eric)
We continued at an easy pace along the waterfront and through the Brooklyn Bridge park. Along the way we encountered several teammates who were doing their not-a-pajama-run run. We turned towards downtown Brooklyn and stopped to walk up the small hill. Since this was a fun run, no need to burn rubber. After passing the post office, we spotted Adams St. A street that although associated with my name, I never had any strong attachments do. However, Murray being as astute as he is, “you must have a photo by your name!” So here it is. My street, my borough, my photo.
We made it to City Point Brooklyn, a “new” Brooklyn establishment with a hipster food court on the lower level. It is on the former Albee Mall site where I used to hang out in high school at the Wendy’s in the basement. Not feeling coffee I went into Trader Joes and got some water and a smoothie.
I was amongst the tail-end runners and once the whole group arrived we occupied two tables. I did not stay long as I was leaving for YYC the next morning and had some last minute shopping to do. You know, anything at Targets. It was an awesome run, with an awesome group of people and I will look forward to more back-to-BKYN runs soon enough!