New York City!

Monday I was in New York City for a business meeting.  Yes, I gave up my Mother’s Day dinner for a solo meal at a little place across the street from my hotel. At least they had a nice pinot noir by the glass. 🙂

I stayed at a “boutique” hotel with a lovely New York City view:

I knew the gym situation would be dicey when the website noted that we could use a commercial gym nearby. Still, I packed my workout clothes with an open mind.  When I checked into my room, this caught my eye:

I asked the concierge if it was safe to run that route in the morning, and he did not hesitate when he reassured me that it was a safe and popular route.  I don’t usually run outside when I’m travelling, but I so loved my run along the river in Chicago that I really wanted to give this route a try. I’m a sucker for a running path along a river!

I woke up early and headed out. The route to the river was downhill, and I had to stop at a few traffic lights.  I reminded myself that this was New York City and the drivers would not slow down for me even if I was in a cross walk! I decided to count that segment (about 0.6 miles) as my warm-up and reset the RunKeeper App on my iPhone once I got to the path.

I reached the path at a little park and decided I would run 20 min out and then turn around and head back. This was the view when I first started out: 

And on my way back:

(That’s the Empire State Building on the left)

When I finished my run, I took this picture to show how far I had run. Can you see the bridge way in the distance?

I did encounter a number of runners and walkers, and generally felt safe. Phew.

I mostly walked the 0.6 miles back uphill to my hotel, although I picked up the pace to make a green light every few blocks. I stopped at the Starbucks on the corner for a “grande bold” to make sure my morning was as perfect as it could be!

RunKeeper Data:
Total Distance = 4.65 miles; Total Time = 42:09;  Avg. Pace = 9:04 min/mil
Mile 1: 9:03
Mile 2: 8:37
Mile 3: 8:51
Mile 4: 10:42
(I stopped to take pics and had *issues* coordinating restarting the RunKeeper App and putting my phone back in my arm band so there is some dead time in that last mile split.)

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13 Responses to New York City!

  1. David H. says:

    Great photos! Glad you got out to get that run in.

  2. FindingMyHappyPace says:

    That's so cool, and actually very brave of you to venture out like that. I'd be so freaked out about getting lost. So… When is your business trip to Madison?

    • Coco says:

      Getting *lost* was not my concern. I have a good sense of direction, an iPhone with GPS mapping and I was doing an out-and-back route!

      I am working on that Madison trip . . . .

  3. SuperBabe says:

    I'm so jealous you were running around in NYC! The only time I did that was when I was visiting friends some years ago but I ran around Central Park 🙂

    When are you going to be in Madison? Maybe I could plan a trip there at the same time. You MUST run by the lake there… It was awesome – I was there 2 weeks ago and ended up running to Picnic Point… nice trail… lots of people early in the morning 🙂

  4. Scott says:

    Great run and happy you had the chance to experience NYC from this different perspective. Next time, Central Park!

  5. Cooth says:

    Looks like it was beautiful 🙂 Awesome that the hotel had a nice route posted in lieu of good gym facilities 🙂

  6. Tina @ Faith Fitness says:

    Running in a new city seems like such a great way to explore it and get a feel for it. How awesome that you found that route! I know I would be hesitant too though – to get lost or not knowing the area. Glad it worked out well. 🙂

  7. Coco says:

    Thanks everyone! It was a great way to clear my head and get the endorphins flowing before my meeting.

  8. Sheri says:

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos and your run! I probably won't ever go there, so its nice to see what others experience. Great run!

  9. Yum Yucky says:

    That's dedication! I've yet to exercise during a trip away from home. I always plan to, but then end up sleeping in for extended hotel snoring.

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