Dude, I ran all of Central Park this weekend. And by all of, I mean the entire loop top to bottom and back. Well, actually no, it was midway to top to midway to bottom and around again. All the times I have found myself up in the middle of Central Park, somewhere around 80th street, usually after a museum adventure or, more commonly, LOST, I always think, “Damn this park is huge!”
Well, you ain’t so big anymore CP. Now that I have traipsed all over you, pounding you one foot at a time with my Brooks, you are nothing. You hear me CP?? NOTHING!
This was my run. We left from Bethesda Terrace along the 72nd St traverse up around the upper loop than I figure-eight’d down around the lower loop ending at 6.5ish miles. (Annoyingly my phone died at mile 5.3 so I have no idea how much I really did… definitely fell short of the intended 7 though.)
Anyways, there were two highlights.
1. I think I saw John Krasinski running against me in the upper part of the upper loop. Does anyone know… does he run in CP? Him, or his lookalike, was looking HOT without a shirt on… and he totally looked at me as he ran by. I’m guessing it was likely NOT him, but a gal can dream, no?
2. It was hilly. This is being classified as a “highlight” because my race is going to have a lot of hills so me and the hills are going to have to become friends. The rinky-dink inclines I ran up and fell down in CP had me huffin’ and puffin’ like a 50-year smoker so I’m beginning to think I need some work in order to handle San Fran’s version.
Above are the climbs in CP…the biggest climb in this run is from 59 ft to 119 ft.
This is the elevation map of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with an almost 300-ft climb in mile 6.
Luckily, Coach Christine has the next five weeks of Tuesday practices dedicated to hills. No joke, this is what our training schedule looks like:
I’m kinda looking forward to today’s practice. I knew from the beginning that in order to finish this race I was gonna have to conquer a lot of hills, so I might as well start mastering the art of running up and down without hurting myself.
Bring ’em on!!