Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Oasis...Like it or Not

There are many amazing places to run and I know I have only begun to scratch the surface. I read stories and look at pictures on many different blogs each week and I often dream of running where others have. There is however one place where I have been running for many, many years and I never get bored of it. Perhaps its because I have had no other choice but to make this my home court during the week....or maybe its because of the unique scenery and people you find here on any given day.

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
amazing place. However, my favorite, my absolute favorite thing
is an early morning run through its quiet streets and paths with a finish at sunrise on 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.

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



6 comments:

  1. Yaay! double yaay for you- 8 miles. Keep up the great work. Now that I know, If I'm ever in NYC, I"ll certainly try to arrange a run.

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  2. Thanks Heather I am psyched. If you guys are ever here let me know and I will give you a running tour of the park.

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  3. I'm so happy you felt well enough to run 8 miles in the park this morning! Can we go for a walk / run in your Oasis on Sunday?

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  4. Mi' Oasis su' Oasis babe. Can't wait!

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  5. Never tan through Central Park but now will add to my list...thanks!

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  6. Bob..Let me know when and I will join you.

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