About 10 years ago, when I wasn’t even a runner yet, I would watch HBO’s “Sex and City” with Charlotte jogging in Central Park and think “I want to do that one day.” Then, when I became a runner my goal was to jog in Central Park just like Charlotte. This year alone, I got to do that twice!
First, my dad and I decided to go for a stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge. My idea was to jog on the bridge and meet my dad halfway, but that didn’t happen because there were so many people on the bridge it was hard to walk, let alone run. When we got to the other side, we went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park with amazing views of Manhattan. The dozens of wedding photographers agreed. Alongside the water I was able to go on my 3 mile run, and it was so perfect! The lack of altitude actually does help: I did 9 minute/miles without breaking a sweat.
The next morning I just had to go to Central Park though. It was a beautiful breezy summer day, unlike the cold spring weather I got when I was there in April. There was a race going on that weekend and the whole park was filled with runners. Without a clear path, I just ended up crashing their race and running with them. Three miles later, I had crossed the finished line 🙂 The race was an 18-mile New York City Marathon Tune-Up and the people nearing the finish line were slow and exhausted. And there I was: still looking good, cruising at a good pace, and crossing the finish line at 3:35:33. I certainly applaud those people for running for 3 hours straight. Will I ever be able to do that?