I realize that I’m way behind on blog posts, but I wanted to write about this before too much time had passed….
One of the coolest things since becoming a runner is exploring new places on foot, and being able to cover a decent distance within a reasonable amount of time. Growing up on the East Coast, I’m no stranger to New York City, but I hadn’t been back to the Big Apple since I started running more regularly. Therefore, when I was in NYC last month, I was really excited to see the city through the eyes of a runner.
I was very fortunate to stay with a friend who lives on the Upper West Side, only blocks from Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. The other happy coincidence was being in NYC just as all of the flowers were blooming. I kept thinking to myself, “If you don’t love New York in the springtime, you’re crazy.” I’m sure that having done most of my runs on a treadmill during my 2-week class made me even more grateful for the scenery and fresh air.
My first run was an out-and-back on the Riverside Path, 6 miles along the Hudson River. I don’t know if it was because I finally got a good night’s sleep, or because I was finally running outside, or because I had taken 5 days off from running, but I felt like I was flying. OK, maybe not flying, but cruising along very effortlessly. Most of all, I ran with incredible joy and gratitude — cheesy, but true.
My second run took me 8 miles around Central Park – to the North Woods, then to the infamous Reservoir, and finally down and around the south side. I stopped a million times to take photos. At the end of my run, I started getting really hungry, prompting me to stop for a bagel with cream cheese on my way home. YUM. No food photos because I ate everything too quickly!
My two runs in NYC were a wonderful way to see the city – I highly recommend it! It definitely made me want to run the NYC Marathon someday. That said, I was also really happy to come home to the Bay Area and run on actual trails and in nature, etc. Being in NYC is exciting and all, but there’s no place like home.