New York City's Central Park is truly an oasis. With more than 150 years of history and 843 acres it is truly the city's most significant man made landmark. That's right, the park is 100% man made. I encourage you to read its history, a great story from the original campaign in the mid 1800's, the design competition won by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1858, to its development, growth, refinement and maintenance.
FACT: The first New York City Marathon, was run in Central Park in 1970. 127 runners (1 woman) paid the $1 entry fee to NYRR to participate in a 26.2-mile race that looped several times within Central Park. Fifty-five runners crossed the finish line with Gary Muhrcke taking first place with a time of 2:31:39.
I was 3 years old when that race took place and would be 34 before I ran my first 5k in the park (or anywhere for that matter) and would cross the finish line by Tavern On The Green in my first marathon 6 months later. I have, to name a few things walked, roller bladed, biked, hiked, played ball, eaten and drank in this
the reservoir as the park and city wake up. My camera is hopelessly pitiful in the dark so if these photos don't give you some sense of what I am talking about, then you will just have to visit NYC and see for yourself.
amazing place. However, my favorite, my absolute favorite thing
On another note, this morning's run was my 3rd of the week, a cool 8 miles. Despite the continued discomfort in my foot the pain is greatly diminished and I am very hopeful I can start ramping up my training and make it to Moab:) Peace