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Well I wasn't expecting that.


So last week I was over in the office and running in California. On the way home I thought I would call in at New York for 48 hours so I could go watch my baseball team live rather than catch up online.

Anyway...as usual, I digress.

I also wanted to finish C25K with a run in Central Park for W9R3.

So off I set this morning and thought that as it was early on Sunday morning I would give MJ a lie in and run totally naked with no MJ and no music and just glance at my watch now and then for time covered. Well there is a lot going on in Central Park and at a slow steady pace I set off taking in all of the sights around me. As you would expect there were the young spritely gazelles but I was amazed and enjoying the broad spectrum of runners. Old, very old, young, slim, large...there was even one blind runner who was attached to their running companion by a piece of material.

I had in my mind that I would do a loop and finish where I started and was aiming for the 40 minute mark as I know that that is around 5km at my pace. What I hadnt accounted for was just how bloody hilly Central Park is and how many paths and tracks and how much to see.

I was aware that my watch was vibrating after each km but wasnt really paying attention. I eventually saw the road and traffic lights and thought to myself that whilst having had a good shuffle I was ready to finish and have my cool down walk. That was when I realised that somewhere in the middle of the park I hadnt turned back on myself but rather had carried on 'north'. But here is the thing....I had run for a full hour. Pretty much to the minute. It is amazing what the body does if you just let it do its thing and stop thinking about every step.

And that was also when i realised I now had to walk the 7km back through the park to my hotel!

Lost at baseball. Bags packed and on thr metro now to JFK and fly home. I feel I may sleep well on the flight.

Enjoy the journey.


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Brilliant!! Well done. Once you up above 95th on the Upper West Side it gets bloody hilly!! Kudos for sticking with it!!

GingerBohemianGraduate in reply to sallenson

The bit that I hated was when the cyclists were head down and freewheeling as they came around the corner as I knew I was going to be met with a hill as I cane around the corner!

Great place to run though.

sallensonGraduate in reply to GingerBohemian

They're nutters. Not sure the one-way system has helped either. But what a fantastic place to run. You going to try the Moon next time? I hear there are great views :-)


Im just thinking how glamorous are you .. running across the world ..exciting and very well done


Blimey, what a final run! Congratulations.

GingerBohemianGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Yeah. I did the full program last year then decided to repeat this year after injury. Although Mrs GB wants to start now so I may have to start all over again!


Goodness! If you ever do c25k a third time, how will you top this for a graduation run? Well done and hope to continue to hear more of your travels and runs.

What a great place to do your re-graduation run, and what a run it was.


Wow...that sounds like a good, unintended run GingerBohemian , even with the hard parts...you definitely found your happy pace 💪🏻🏃🏻‍♂️

Brilliant! I did 2 laps of The Jackie Onassis Reservoir for my 5k last week whilst on hols. Hats off to you for doing the hills! The walk back to the cafe was another 3k. Huge park with so many runners! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

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