Fun Fact #2: There are 34 cities or towns named Albany 28 of which are in the United States.
Last fall while in Spain I met a girl from Albany, CA. I had never heard of Albany CA because it isn't very large (pop. 18,539). And while I know that most Americans are not aware of their state capitals, she looked at me and said "Everyone always asks me if I'm from NY when I say Albany, and I don't know why" (her city is actually named after my city....) I know it's a bit country compared to the boroughs in NYC but it has some interesting history since it is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the 13 colonies.
Albany is one of the first cities in the world to have installed public water mains, sewer lines, natural gas lines and electricity, bringing substantial new industry to the city and surrounding area during the 19th century. (wikipedia)
Now that I live in the city of Albany, I appreciate the rich history a lot more. Instead of my runs being throughout my high school campus and suburban neighborhood, I've begun running through Washington Park and the Empire State Plaza. And while I'm not a Christmas festive person, the sights today were a nice addition to the run.
|sadly I didn't realize that part of the O was out until after I snapped the picture and ran away|
Today's run was the beginning of Michael at Slowly-Tri-ing 5kaday challenge. Today's run was to run for 30 minutes and then run/walk the remaining time to reach 3.10. Fast it was not, but I completed it. one day down, 3.1 miles to go, 83.7 left.