Running in New York is doubtlessly a unique experience. When we visited the city and stayed at The Knickerbocker, I decided to make the way up to the Central Park, stroll around there and go straight back on Fifth Avenue. Many touristic sights in a run of just 45 minutes. Something I can just recommend for everyone who loves fitness and sightseeing!
Starting a run right at the Times Square is something very special. When leaving The Knickerbocker, I recognized that the temperature this morning was quite low.
However, I was greeted by warm sunshine. Well, happiness didn’t last long as my GPS just didn’t want to work.
It took me some hundred meters, pretty much till Central Park, to get it work.
Following 7th avenue from Times Square to Central Park is not really spectacular. However, you are getting a good feeling for the city when running along the street.
Especially when arriving at Central Park, you know that it was worth the effort. As winter was still present in New York, I was lucky enough to enjoy Central Park with some snow left.
That made it possible to enjoy the views of the skyscrapers with a very special touch.
Be it the Upper West Side or the Upper East Side – the views of New York City I enjoyed while running through Central Park were amazing for themselves.
But something I liked even more was the fact that Central Park really feels like a natural paradise for runners. No noise, no cars and no rush.
That’s what you see in the movies, but that’s also what you experience when running through Central Park.
It’s not any surprisingly that I met dozens of runners and dogs in the park.
Even though I knew that the way back would be long, I decided to explore the area around “The Lake” located in Central Park.
The beautiful pavilions and Bethesda Fountain made running around the little water paradise quite enjoyable.
I also liked the fact that there was some altitude, something I wouldn’t have expected from running in New York.
However, it was time to turn around, so I decided to have a short look at the Central Park Zoo and turn to Fifth Avenue for my way “home”.
To be quite honest, running on Fifth Avenue in New York is not really enjoyable.
Hundreds of pedestrians, noise and red signals. Nothing runners will enjoy.
However, I decided to give it a try to picture some sights I wanted to have in my running guide. Next to several first class hotels and luxury shops, I decided to have a closer look on St. Thomas Church and Rockefeller Center.
Not to forget about Chrysler Building of which I enjoyed brilliant views from time to time.
Through Bryant Park, a cute little park between 6th and 7th avenue, I went back to where I started.
Back at The Knickerbocker, I reflected about my run and was still kind of amazed about how special running in New York is. When living in the city that never sleeps, I’d definitely focus my running on Central Park.
As a tourist, exploring the buzz of the city and the annoying red signals can be something special as well. Running in New York was a real experience, something everybody should do at least once!