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Half Marathon Monday: Running East vs. West

Where to Run in NYC

Since I’ve started to run about four days per week, I’ve had people ask about my favorite running routes in Manhattan. I’ve even been able to give visitors, like Meaghan of DC Fit Crasher, tips on where to run while they’re in the city. Many people are familiar with Central Park, which offers 778 acres of green in the middle of the Concrete Jungle. Since I live in the Upper East Side, I tend to run in Central Park in the morning before work. For evening runs or long runs on weekends, I prefer the East River Promenade/East River Park and the West Side Highway Running Path. I think each route has pros and cons, but I do have a favorite (see above).

East River Promenade/East River Park
Location – East 91st St – Tip of Manhattan
Distance – About 8 miles
Bathrooms/Water – Yes to both
Pros – Secluded from cars, few cyclists, bridge views, longer route
Cons – Somewhat hilly (sometimes tough), inconsistent path, under construction

West Side Highway Running Path
Location –
West 72nd St – Tip of Manhattan
Distance –
About 6 miles
Bathrooms/Water –
Yes to both
Pros –
Very flat (sometimes appreciated), mixed surfaces, consistent path, Art in the Park
Cons –
Crosswalks at a few streets cause stops, path shared with cyclists

Distance Run in March: 56 miles

This Week’s Plan of Attack

Monday – Rest Day
– Afterburn @ As One
– Run 5-6 miles
 – Run 4-5 miles
 – Run 4-5 miles
 – Ride @ SoulCycle
Sunday – Run 7-8 miles

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1 Comment

  • Reply Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes

    I have to agree on your choice! I love running in the city when we go and visit my hubby’s aunt and uncle. Looks like your training is going well too!!

    March 27, 2014 at 8:48 am
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