So, we did it. Got the subway early this morning up to Central Park for week 9 Run 1.
It's glorious weather here and the whole experience was very special. Central Park is a wonderful place to run, very runner friendly with broad tracks and plenty of water fountains.
We did a lap of the central reservoir (think Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man). It's supposed to be running only and everyone has to go anti-clockwise, although we saw a couple of people breaking these rules, including an ageing socialite power walking. (Also saw a couple people walking huge numbers of very expensive looking dogs).
After the reservoir (which is only about an 1.5 miles all the way round), we broke off into the main park, down slopes and under bridges. Run was good, and felt great between 15 and 25 minutes. The last few minutes felt tough, largely because of a hill I needed to conquer, but I stuck it out and completed it. Could have lived without Laura giving me time checks every five minutes, but whatever.
It was all great fun and I want to do it again. Photo at top was taken during the warm up walk. Wish I'd been able to take more. There were some great views.
EDIT: this was the first run of week 9, not the graduation run - there was a mistake in the header. Apologies for the confusion