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!
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.)