Last year, I completed a run around the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, but I’ve always wanted to run the full loop, from Columbus Circle through the Harlem Meer and back down. Last Saturday, I got to do that as part of training for my next half marathon.
|Harlem Meer. Source: Wikipedia|
First of all, if you think Manhattan is flat, think again. You will go up hills in Central Park, and they are not bunny hills. You will also have plenty of company; don’t think you’re going to be running alone if you go at, say, 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. There are plenty of New Yorkers and tourists who will join you, whether they’re in running shoes, walking shoes, or on bikes. I started at Columbus Circle and went counter-clockwise, which seemed to be the most popular way to run Central Park. I also stayed on the main path/road and didn’t deviate, since I wanted to be around people should something unpleasant occur.