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Friday, August 24, 2012

Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 24, 2012

Well I made it to New York City this afternoon.

To be honest NYC is not my cup of tea – too many people and too much traffic! I already miss Maine and I only left it at noon .

However, I did get to cross off running in Central Park off my Running Bucket List!

I did the first lap around the park fairly easy probably around a 9:00 minute pace and then on the second lap, when I got to the reservoir, I did a lap around that, just to say I did it and then went back to the loop.

It was still pretty warm and humid – being 83 degrees at 6:40 when I was just about done running.

There were so many runners it was almost as though I was running in a never-ending road race, I got passed a lot, but I also passed a lot of runners, so I didn’t feel too bad. However, there was almost always someone else to set your sights on to try to keep up with or pass.

Central Park Run 8-24-12


I did have to laugh though - I started to go by this female runner in an orange shirt and blue shorts who was wearing a pair of Nikes, at around mile 10 and for the next 3.0 miles we didn’t let the other go, when she sped up, I would speed up and when I sped up she sped up. I think we got a little competitive or she just didn’t like the idea of some old gray-haired guy in orange Adidas going by her .

Running this fast after that many miles was something that I wasn’t planning on, but I felt pretty good, but I was also starting to get a little tired and I thought about letting her go, when I saw the sign for 7th Avenue coming up (my turn to go back to the hotel), so I picked up to around a 7:00 minute pace (I still remember what they are like) until I turned off for 7th Ave, she kept up, but was starting to breath a lot harder, but so was I.

I gave a little wave and said thank you and she smiled and gave a little wave back.

That was a lot of fun though – my race for the week.

I could enjoy running in Central Park, but the rest of living in New York, just doesn’t appeal to me and I miss being home in Maine already. Oh I said that already didn’t I - can’t guess that I am a country boy at heart – city life isn’t for me.

The Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 did everything that I could have asked of them on this run. No problems with my feet at all and they felt great while running in them.

But it was cool to cross something off the Bucket List this year.

How many things have you crossed off your running bucket list this year?

Do you like living in a major metropolitan area, something a little smaller or do you prefer a more rural setting like I do?

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