Last week, as I was exiting Central Park from an early morning run, a woman stopped me to ask a question.
“Excuse me,” she said in her British accent, “Is this Central Park?”
Breathlessly, I replied with a huge grin, “Yep!”
My runner’s high was in full effect, and I wasn’t even tempted to be the typical New Yorker and say something more along the lines of “Um, DUH.”
The short exchange kind of made me realize, once again, how awesome it is to live here and how different NYC must seem to people visiting from all over the world. I get to see Central Park almost every day and it’s so familiar to me, it feels like home. It’s a spot that holds so many of my thoughts, dreams and secrets brought out during my runs, and even though it’s experienced by millions I feel my relationship with CP so personal.
I guess that’s why I’m always excited to get out of bed and get my run on.
The past week has been a great time to see CP – the cherry blossoms are finally blooming, and creating a gorgeous pink and white canopy over the roads and bridle path.
I brought my iPhone along on Friday morning to capture them before they disappear!
And I was fortunate to meet up with a few running buddies for company – I’m always so surprised how chatty we all are before 7:00 a.m.! Thanks to Megan, Natalie and Dani for stopping a few times so I could get some good shots, including this amazing action photo:
6 miles flew by with these guys, and I followed it with one of the best runs I’ve had in months early this morning.
10 miles in Central and Riverside Park, and the legs and Achilles felt great. A perfect way to start one of the best weekends in running, ’cause I’m shippin’ up to Boston to hang with my sis and do some serious Boston Marathon spectating.
I can feel the excitement already! Good luck to everyone running – I’ll be the enthusiastic weirdo ’round mile 24 cheering ya’ll on!
I think we all have that spot we consider to be our “happy place, and Central Park is definitely mine. What’s your “happy place” ?