I figured i was done with Broadway lotteries for a little bit, but I was doing some research for a post for here about the lotteries, and I discovered that there are tickets for more than just a few shows! When I saw that the Phantom of the Opera had a lottery, I told anyone I could that I was going to start entering that one. I've never been a huge Broadway geek, but Phantom was always on my list of shows to see. It was too late to enter for Tuesday, so I waited until Wednesday to throw my name in the hat.
Yep, that happened! There really doesn't seem to be much of a rhyme or reason for these lotteries, but winning on my first time was pretty amazing.
I had to come back to Queens to walk and feed Cookie. Since the show wasn't until 8:00, I had just enough time to squeeze in a quick run.
I've been (knock on wood) doing much better on the hip injury front! Staying on top of my rehab exercises has been absolutely critical to keeping the inflammation away. I was really surprised at my times on this run - I know these times are nothing for other people, but I haven't hit 9-minute miles in a long time.
After a quick shower, egg scramble dinner, and walk up to the train, it was time!
The Phantom of the Opera opened in January of 1988, even before I was born! It's the longest running show in Broadway history, and it plays over at the Majestic Theatre.
If you've ever won a Broadway lottery, you know one of the more *exciting* parts of the whole experience is getting your ticket and seeing where you are going to sit. Seating can fluctuate, depending on the show you win for. At 1984 I was front row center, and for The Lion King I was in the very last row. I got my ticket and immediately started texting everyone...2nd row!
Phantom was, without a doubt, the best show I have ever seen. I've seen 7 Broadway shows since I've moved back, and this show was absolutely everything. The costumes, music, acting, singing - it was all incredible. In a way, I'm sorry that I saw the show, because I really can't imagine anything else surpassing it. I absolutely want to see it again.
I got back home kind of late on Wednesday, so coffee all during the day on Thursday was a must. After work, I met up with a local Meetup group for another run. I've been doing a lot of reading on pacing techniques and how to train to run faster. The research (and all the awesome runners I follow on social media) says that on easy days, you should be running...easy. For me, this means slower than a 10:00 pace per mile. I got through a little over 4 miles with the group (without headphones!), for a total of 5.2 on the day.
On Friday night I registered for the NYRR Birthday Celebration and history panel! You can read all about that here.
Saturday was (finally) a beautiful day out, and I spent most of it in bed napping and up baking a cake - more on that below. After dinnertime, my roommate Kyla and I went for ice cream. We were going to go to Eddie's Sweet Shop, but the line was insane. We went to Carvel instead. I got coffee ice cream with sprinkles in a fancy cone.
Sunday morning I was up bright and early for the NYRR Retro 5-Miler. More on that in my race report!
After the race, I walked around Central Park for a little bit. I stumbled on Strawberry Fields, and I had to take a picture.
I went to the NYRR run center to get my race stuff for the Mini 10K this weekend. I really liked this quote - I know it's about the marathon, but it had me feeling inspired anyway.
After the race, we had a "start of summer" BBQ. We were also celebrating my roommate Becky's birthday, so I dug into my Pinterest vault to find a good recipe. I've made rainbow cookies before, but this cake was something completely different. You can find the recipe for it here - the cake was a huge hit, and I think I need an excuse to make it again.
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