A running tour of New York City! Manhattan, Wall Street, Central Park, and more.

LP1020840Dave and I love using our running for tourism. When we do this, it’s not really like a training run. It’s more about checking out a new place (such as New York City!), and on foot is the way to do this. So we do a blend of jogging, walking, and stopping to see things, do things, and eat things! It’s a great way to combine our values about personal fitness with heap tourism. We’ve done a few posts about our running-tourism outings, like my run in San Francisco a few months ago, and Dave’s run in Kuwait. But this time we are travelling together, so we were able to go on a few runs together in the big smoke: New York!

LNew York 030We arrived last Friday night. On the Saturday, we did a looonnngg walk from our hotel, at W 94th and Broadway, along much of the length of Broadway to Times Square and back – about a 6.5 hrs walk (including shopping sprees, I went wild at the New York Running Co. and Dave spent all his bucks at The North Face store!) – which was great, to get the legs moving after our previous day, 12 hours in the car. I went for a little jog in Central Park that afternoon, but Dave had a sore foot, so stayed at the hotel to drink a beer instead.

LP1020819We were planning a jog in Central Park for the next day – but with all the things we were doing that day, we didn’t get out until 4pm. It’s dark there at 5pm, so it ended up being more of an evening jog at that time of day. But that’s OK, it was still fun, and actually quite warm out, so we enjoyed the trails (with lots of other walkers and joggers around), and also the castle there!

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LP1020850Then, the next day (our last in New York City) we did our big city tour on foot. And what a day! It was beautiful and sunny… and big bonus, it was really warm, especially for mid-November. The temperature got up to 19C (66F), so we didn’t have to worry about jackets or mittens or anything. What a treat!

We took the subway from our hotel south, past Times Square, to Wall Street. The plan was to head back along the east side of the island of Manhattan. If we were making good time, we would then cross Central Park and jog back to our hotel. If we were going slower, we’d catch a cab (I had to be cleaned up and at the Explorer’s Club by 5:30 that eve to set up for my presentation). This map shows the route we followed (you can click on it to enlarge it). Central Park is the green rectangle in the middle. (We ended up running out of time, and not quite making it back to Central Park – we caught a cab where the trail, shown in green, diverts inland).

Anyway, I’ll let the pictures tell the story:

On the subway, heading to Wall Street.

On the subway, heading to Wall Street.

Near Wall Street, fuelling up before we go. Lots of food options on the street - we chose Thai..

Near Wall Street, fuelling up before we go. Lots of food options on the street – we chose Thai..

Beautiful day! We found a place to sit in the sun, out of the wind, by the river.

Beautiful day! We found a place to sit in the sun, out of the wind, by the river.

Then started running north along the shore.

Then started running north along the shore.

LP1020837Lots of interessting stuff to look at – including Dave’s fave, rusty junk! These old ships were actually really interesting. There were plaques explaining about them (unfortunately I don’t remember the details now) – but they are sailing ships made out of iron, and were used to transport goods all around the oceans of the world just at the time that sailing ships were being phased out and steam started being used more.

Dave's a star!

Dave’s a star!

They make good use of every inch of space on Manhattan. Here there is a waterside freeway, and below it the waterside trail.

They make good use of every inch of space on Manhattan. Here there is a waterside freeway, and below it the waterside trail.

We were getting thirsty, and needed to find a bathroom too - so we wandered inland, and found ourselves on the Lower East Side - where it was actually quite hard to find the facilities we needed. But an interesting way to see parts of the city you wouldn't see on a "normal" city tour.

We were getting thirsty, and needed to find a bathroom too – so we wandered inland, and found ourselves on the Lower East Side – where it was actually quite hard to find the facilities we needed. But an interesting way to see parts of the city you wouldn’t see on a “normal” city tour.

Then we had to find our way back across the highways to the waterfront.

Then we had to find our way back across the highways to the waterfront.

There are LOTS of runners in New York! And no wonder, with Central Park and all of the other waterfront trails. (And probably a few Type A people, too...)

There are LOTS of runners in New York! And no wonder, with Central Park and all of the other waterfront trails. (And probably a few Type A people, too…)

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Parts of the waterfront route were fenced off and being renovated, so our route diverted us inland and past the United Nations buildings. By now, we were running out of time, and hailed a taxi shortly after.

Not Dave and Jackie's usual type of running "trail" - but we had a really fun day!

Not Dave and Jackie’s usual type of running “trail” – but we had a really fun day!

We also had a great time at the Explorers Club that night. Here's a pic of me presenting.

We also had a great time at the Explorers Club that night. Here’s a pic of me presenting.

My presentation was about the book I translated, of stories from the Yagan people of Patagonia. Click on that link if you want to know more about it…

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  1. #1 by hungryandfit on November 24, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Awesome!

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