First I give you beautiful, historic Charlottesville.
The run itself was about 3.5 miles and it took me from our beyond charming 120 year-old inn through the town, past all the college kids streaming into class (the official outfit of the UVA female is the tight jeans with knee-high riding boots in case you were wondering), through the grounds to the end of the lawn and back home again. It was a gorgeous clear day and one of the best runs I have had in a very long time.
When we were in New York I got up early to squeeze my run in. I was worried we wouldn't have enough time but Kevin encouraged me to get out there and do it because he knows how much I love doing this. Sure enough, I came back practically giddy from this run. I was grinning like an idiot and was completely energized. Great run through a truly great city.
I started from our hotel in Times Square and ran up Sixth Avenue towards Central Park. It wasn't too crowded and I only had to dodge people a little bit. The stoplights were a little annoying but since my fitness isn't great I didn't mind the stops. Besides I got to check out all the cool New York stuff like Radio City Music Hall, NBC studios, the LOVE statue and so many more. I entered Central Park on the south side and just started following paths. As I ran past the partially frozen pond, I thought about Holden Caulfield and the ducks he worried about when the pond froze over. I ran past an ice skating rink and through the beautiful, rocky landscape. I wish I took some pictures later of some of the pretty rock outcroppings.
I spotted this and fell in love with it.
This is a detail of one of the end walls leading down to the fountain. There were carvings and statues everywhere you turned. I loved Central Park from the minute I stepped foot in it. I can't wait to come back and run it again and again and again. Next time I will be in better shape and have more time so I can go further into the park and see more.
The total mileage on this run was about four miles. I couldn't pick up a Garmin signal until I got to the park because of all the skyscrapers so I had to estimate a little.
So far I have ran in seven states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and New York. I am looking forward to completing my list. Yes, even New Jersey.