Last weekend I traveled to NYC to see all of the Christmas decorations, Rockefeller Center, and the famous NYC Christmas Tree. As an added bonus I also was able to visit with my daughter who attends school in New York. Based on the crowds I was not the only one with this idea. It was tough going anywhere near Rockefeller Center. This didn’t bother me because I knew I would have full view of what the city had to offer the next morning during my Sunday run.
Many times in the past I have enjoyed sightseeing while running. I have written a few blogs about this in the past (Washington DC, Bahamas). Not only can this be a convenient way to see a city but it also can be very fun. These are no pressure runs where you set up an 8-12 mile run (or more) and tour the sites of a city. I usually bring a camera (my phone) and will stop frequently to take in the sites. (monument, tourist attraction, etc). These runs can also be one way if the sites are spread too far apart. Taking a subway or cab back to the hotel works just fine.
Last Sunday I completed one of these fun runs in NYC. I ran through Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and down Fifth Avenue. The weather was absolutely incredible. I woke up and it was 60 degrees and sunny on December 13th! I wore a short sleeve shirt and shorts and was very comfortable. Maybe even a little hot. Unless you are a runner you really can’t understand how good it feels to be running effortlessly on a beautiful day in a great location. It was an incredible 9 mile run!
I am thankful I am able to enjoy the simple pleasure of running and never take it for granted. All of the training miles, track workouts, and races are fun but at the end of the day the simple joy of seeing a city while running can’t be beat.