Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Celebration of Earth Day:
A Runner's View of Central Park

(Disclaimer: I know this post is two days late, but I had to work overtime on day one and lost my apartment keys on day two, so I apologize for the tardiness of this appreciation project. I hope my readers will forgive and read on…)

There are many things that change as we move from running season to running season. We may have new shoes or new clothes. We may have new friends or family members to run with. We probably don’t even run at the same pace or with the same form as we used to. But one thing that always stays constant, as least for me, is the places we run. For all the years I’ve been running (which is only three, but who’s counting), Central Park has been the place I call home. It is where I do my speedwork, my long runs, my tempo runs, and almost every other run in between. All except one of my roadracing PRs have come inside the park. It is there when I’m happy and need a place to play. It is there when I’m sad, and I need some alone time with the road. It is even there when I’m angry and need pavement to vent. It is such an integral part of my running life, that I’ve always known that if I didn’t live within walking distance to this sliver of nature in the middle of Manhattan, I probably would not have ended up a runner.

Yet, as important as Central Park is to me as a place to run, it is even more beautiful for the breathtaking scenery it encompasses. There are so many species of flowers and trees hidden within these 843 acres that we are always surrounded by awesome foliage and amazing vistas whenever we run. I know for a fact that for the hundreds of miles I’ve run in the park, I’m severely lacking in my appreciation for this beautiful scenery. So, to make some amends to the nature gods that have blessed my neighborhood with this gorgeous piece of land, and in celebration of Earth Day, I present to you a series of park photographs I took today, titled “A Runner’s View of Central Park”. Enjoy!









































11 comments:

Andrew is getting fit said...

It's a beautiful place.

KimsRunning said...

Central Park is beautiful. I moved to Florida 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Ma. I didn't run when I lived there and I feel like I missed out on the Cape Cod beauty. Especially Martha's Vineyard. I love Florida but it's flat and predictable.

Although yesterday I ran 6 miles and was so happy to be back, everything was spectacular on that run. I think I was dancing instead of running....lol

bill carter said...

Hi Lam

This was such a beautiful post... and yes, I think you can be forgiven for being a couple of days late. I would imagine that your life gets just a little bit hectic at times...

Like you, I am all too aware of the environment I run in and the fragile nature of things.

BTW, those pictures were absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for being so supportive on my blog. Your kindness and overall coolness come out in your words and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated.

Nitmos said...

Very nice (though I'm getting tired of everyone else posting photos of their running spots that are much better than mine!)

sRod said...

Spring is beautiful in Central Park. No doubt there. But I think it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous in the fall. Something about the red and yellow patchwork over the asphalt and granite make the park feel otherworldly.

Chris said...

Great Shots! CP was the center of my running universe for several years before moving out to the burbs. These shots bring back great memories.

Nibbles said...

Gorgeous pics! Make me want to move uptown :-)

Reid said...

I've never been to New York, and I don't know if I ever will, but running in Central Park is definitely on my dream list of running. Those pics have given me more motivation to get there someday.

Laura said...

Such beautiful pics! I won't be home for a few weeks and I'm sad I'm missing the gorgeous spring in CP. Makes me almost regret deciding to run along the West Side Highway last time I was home (only almost, though, because that was pretty too).

The 311 Boys Mom said...

Ahh. . . . . a tough run, onteh eyes that is.

I live in metro Detroit, so I'm dont' have all that; I can drive 20-80 minutes to get it; OR I could just check out everyone's blog in beautiful places.

Very nice, though

Reluctant Runner said...

Beautiful photos. I hope you had as much fun taking the pix as I had looking at them. Thanks!

 
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