My dude and I went on this run yesterday morning. I was keeping track on my iPhone and we ran this route until he gave the signal that we should stop. We’re running the God’s Love We Deliver 4 mile race in late November, so this was a good warm up. Last time we ran it was only 2 miles, so we upped our game. 

It felt really good and my heart rate monitor said we burned 477 calories. Good burn. We grabbed brunch at West End Hall on Broadway and 106th, a new beer garden with a fancy wooden version of Connect Four. The food was good and we were both pretty sore.

But it was totally worth it.

Yesterday evening after work I met Ben for a beer at Dive 75 on West 75th Street. They have assorted board games and when I saw Connect 4, I pulled it out and proceeded to beat Ben about 20 times (he won a few too).

Fittingly it was the 17th anniversary since a car accident that I was in when I was 11 (almost 12) in 1997. I wrote about it once on here in 2009, but the tl:dr version: I was in a car accident in California, I suffered a traumatic brain injury (insert joke here), and I was in a coma for two weeks before waking up and needing two months of rehab to re-learn how to do everything again.

I graduated from elementary school that year with honors in math. Take that, TBI.

ANYWAYS. While i was in the hospital, I played a LOT of Connect 4 with my occupational therapist and basically anyone who would humor me (which was almost everyone). I got really, really good at it. Well, after last night, I’m pretty sure I still got it. It’s all a game of strategy. 

The only thing that makes Connect 4 more interesting now? Beer.