Running Adventures in NYC and Gnat Fart Speed


This morning was a big test for me.  After a night out with some new friends from Twitter, whose blogs can be found at http://runninarounduptown.blogspot.com/, http://runningdowndreams.wordpress.com/, http://nycbklyngirl.wordpress.com/, and http://www.willrunforbeer.blogspot.com/, I found it very difficult to wake up this morning, especially given the fact that I was up at 3:30 a.m. the day before to catch a flight (by the way, it was a really fun night and I was glad to put some real faces to my NYC runner friends).  I came up with a bunch of excuses to either not run, or at least not run outside.  These excuses included: uncertainty over the weather and if I had the right clothes for it, a slightly upset stomach, general fatigue, and concerns over getting lost (which actually turned out to be a valid concern).  As I was wrestling with all these thoughts, and mostly trying to decide if I was going to run at all versus running on the hotel treadmill, I kept thinking about the fact that I had packed my running gear because I expected that I would run this morning and, if I didn’t run, I’d be letting myself down and proving to myself I really didn’t have what it takes to be a racer.

So, instead of taking the easy way out, not running, or the easier way out, running on a treadmill, I pulled on my favorite long-sleeve shirt, my Boston Marathon Adidas shorts, and headed out the door, determined to run to Central Park.  I asked the guy at the security desk how to get there and he told me “run straight up 8th and you’ll run right into it.”  OK, I thought, how hard can that be?  The answer is: impossible when you go the wrong way.  For whatever inexplicable reason, I decided to turn left on 8th from my hotel on 45th and begin to count the street numbers down.  This despite the fact that I knew Central Park was on 59th.  This despite having seen it last night and then having taken a cab to a bar on a street number LOWER than 59th.  So, when I say inexplicable, I mean inexplicable.

I ended up running down 8th to Hudson, and then on Hudson to where it intersects with Canal before turning around.  All in all it was a nice run and a cool way to see some more of NYC.  I will say running sidewalks in NYC can be pretty treacherous and all the street crossings make it tough to build up any momentum.  But, I did try running today with a more rapid stride, trying to achieve gnat fart speed of foot strike, ask Brandon Wood about that.  I found that when I really thought about keeping my foot on the ground for as little time as possible I was being propelled along.  I couldn’t keep up that rapid turnover for long stretches, but I plan to incorporate it more and more into my runs and see where it takes me.

Happy trails!

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2 Responses to “Running Adventures in NYC and Gnat Fart Speed”

  1. jumbolaw Says:

    Great to meet you too! I took it that it would seem logical that a gnat fart is very quick, as should your footstrike be!

  2. SCL Says:

    It was great to meet you last night. Running on the sidewalks up and down 8th Ave is pretty hardcore! Not only do you have to run in Central Park, but if you “head west”, you’ll hit the west side greenway, which goes all the way up and down the entire length of Manhattan. Next time, we should do a Tweet Up run…

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