I am not a runner. Ever since I joined track and field in high school, I hated running. I excel more on the field – high jump, javelin… but I digress. Marathons are cool, but my lack of enthusiasm and my bum knee kind of decided for me that I am most likely not joining a marathon soon. Yeah. So why am I up early one Friday morning in October dragging myself to Central Park with 3 runners? 1) I’ve never been to Central Park 2) I didn’t want to sleep in on a beautiful day 3) They promised me coffee. Yeah I’m cheap.
Heckscher Ballfield was where they left me. While they started their 6-mile run, I sat in one of those picnic tables overlooking the ball field, sipped my Grande non-fat latte, and read some. Not too long after, I felt the itch to go wandering around the area but not too far because I just might not find my way back. I soon realized that one could easily get lost in the park because of the various confusing paths and turn-offs.
I was in the company of dog walkers,
photography enthusiasts and
some ordinary people just wanting to get away.
The portion of the park I was in had some beautiful view of the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
After their run, we walked to what is considered as the heart of Central Park,
the Bathesda Terrace and the fountain. Gorgeous.
We then headed to the most photographed area of Central Park,
the Mall and Liberty Walk – still is the place to see and to be seen.
And this sums up my morning walk around Central Park. Located in the center of Manhattan, this 843 acre green rectangle that stretches 51 blocks is indeed one of those places that make New York City a great place to live.