The thing that I have most enjoyed about being at BYU these 5 years is the trips that I get to go on with the track team. Last weekend, we got to go to NYC completely on the school's budget :). I realized that there wouldn't be another time in my life where I would have a trip of this magnitude completely paid for by someone else! And I really feel like we made the most of it this year.
We got to NYC late Wednesday night. After a run through Central Park Thursday morning, a bunch of us got tickets to see David Letterman's taping for the day. It's the "Late Show," but as many of you already know, it is filmed at about 3 in the afternoon. We won the "ticket lottery" and I'm glad we did because it was a blast! It was really fun being there and the guest, Jamie Foxx, was really awesome. After that we spent time in Times Square and ate dinner in Little Italy. We had unlimited subway passes, so Manhattan was wide open for us to explore!
Friday morning we ran in the park again and then took a ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was cool being there and also seeing the city from the boat.
Friday night we kept the fun going with a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. What an atmosphere for sports! I brought my binoculars so I scoped out the front few rows for celebrities. I was able to spy C.C. Sabathia (pitcher for the NY Yankees) and Howard Stern.
Saturday was my actual race. I ran the mile in 4:16 which was pretty good. But that's not why I was there :). Just joking...but seriously.
We spent the rest of the trip walking around and checking out the stores and scenes. We had cheesecake at the "world famous" Carnegie Deli ($10 a slice!!) and enjoyed the amazing night scene of Times Square, 5th Avenue, Broadway, etc.
It was an amazing trip and I am going to really miss all these experiences when I am done running at BYU!!