This morning, I tried something new (2 new things to be exact)! I woke up unexpectedly early for me @ 5:30am. Check out the view from my apartment at that time, sun not fully out yet – yey!
…The real change, though, I ran up to Central Park! If you’ve been reading my blog, you may have noticed that I have an affinity towards running along the East (and West on long run days) River. This is mainly due to location and convenience. Central Park is a 2mile run through mid-town for me, which isn’t too exciting. The only times I’ve run through central park has been on NYRR races and my first half marathon. However, the dream of a shady path and rumored promises of a beautiful path shared with many other runners drew me in. Luckily, at 6am there wasn’t much foot or car traffic on my way up to the park. I enter Central Park on 60th and 5th ave and was immediately greeted by a group of fellow runners. I ran north and stumbled upon the Reservoir path. My route went like this:
Central Park was a little hillier than my normal running path, but the experience was glorious! The park is so peaceful in the morning and I love being surrounded by fellow runners and bikers in the early hours when most people are sleeping. Needless to say the views from the Reservoir were beautiful, but unfortunately I do not run with my phone so I can not share them with you :-(.
The last two miles home were tough. My legs were feeling heavy and the heat was kicking in. I completed my planned 8miles and stopped abruptly at 8.02miles. Overall it was a slower run (10:45/mile overall pace), but it felt good just to do it and try a new route!
When I got home I was a sweaty mess. There was not one dry space on my shirt. Here come some sexy “post run” photos:
Ok so maybe more gross than sexy, but still…
After a nice COLD shower, I hoped back into bed – one perk of getting up super early! Eventually I had to get up because my stomach was screaming at me and the Today Shower was calling (oh yeah work too). I was craving something creamy so I had some blueberry greek yogurt topped with a banana and a side of bran cereal with iced coffee.
Now I must be off to start the day, although I feel like I’ve already gone through one! Looking forward to dinner with my coworkers at Yerba Buena tonight in the west village. I’ve never been, but it has been on my list!
Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂
QUESTIONS: What’s your favorite place to run in NYC? I’m excited to try new routes now! What do you crave post run? Any tips for conquering hills on a run? They’re somewhat new to me.