Running in NYC
I’m so happy it is finally warm again and I can get off the treadmill. I ran from the WTC, past the Jeff Koons public art, over to the West Side green belt and all the way up to 86th Street today. Along the way I saw an outdoor symphony, a food festival, Greg Louganis riding a bike and a lot of really fit people. There were a lot of tourists too, especially near the High Line around the Intrepid. They weren’t the fit people that I saw.
I was trying to make it all the way to the GW Bridge, but I gave up around the 80s and detoured to Central Park. It looked so close and I had been focusing on it as soon as it came into view, but I realized I had run six miles and it was still a good four miles away.
I ran through the west side and over to Central Park. I happened to run past the Museum of Natural History and saw them setting up for The Celebrity Apprentice. I saw Lisa Lampenelli, Adam Carolla and Arsenio Hall having a conversation. Celebrities always look so relaxed when I see them in person. I notice the same thing about a lot of really rich people too. Kind of rich people are not nearly as relaxed as really rich people. Really rich people have this underlying presence of contentment…not all of them, of course, but I’ll bet more are happy than miserable.
I walked past Lincoln Center and then down 9th Avenue. There was a huge street fair that stretched all the way past Hell’s Kitchen. There were rides and games and everything. It was like the county fair in the middle of Manhattan.
I always compare every place I run to Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake in Austin. It’s a great place to run. I love running there so much that I try to visualize where I would be along the trail as I’m running. But I find that I’m not doing that anymore because New York is my favorite place to run now.