Today I got a different kind of strength workout.
I spent the day outside weeding.
The Playground Improvement Project is one of the New York Junior League’s signature projects. Every year, our volunteers (as well as some friends, family and other organizations’ volunteers) contribute more than 10,000 hours to clean up a park or playground in Manhattan.
This year, our park is the East River Park.
We got there around 8:30, and our group was assigned to weed.
BRING. IT. ON. By bring it on, I mean Lacey, how about you take some awkward pics of me? Thanks.
In all seriousness, weeding is definitely a good workout. I probably did a million squats and lots of weed-pulling, and I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow.
Our day of volunteering also includes donated lunches. I went for the California Turkey Wrap because I assumed it meant avocado. The box also had Sun Chips, a little pasta salad, a little fruit salad and a cookie. After a few hours work, I inhaled the contents of the box and almost ate the box iteself.
This is my fourth year volunteering on this project, and our other parks have been on the Lower East Side, Harlem and…I don’t remember where the first one was.
This year’s park was on the water, which was so nice and relaxing. This is also the path that I run on when I run on the East Side, so it was funny to watch others running. I saw runners of all different speeds, and wondered which of the runners I look like when running.
Be wary of women with a pitchfork.
Once we were done, Lacey and i ended up walking back towards my apartment–some two miles from where we were, stopping at the Grape and Grain on our way back. (I had a grain, she had a grape.)
And then I collapsed onto my bed in the best nap ever.
Do you volunteer? Also, any activities in your life that aren’t necessarily a workout but sure as hell feel like one?