|Central Park, New York|
|Training in Central Park, New York|
(courtesy, Robert Caplin for the New York Times)
|Sharon running in Central Park, New York,|
during our Christmas 2009 visit
The runners exemplified New Yorkers and included some strange sights. I remember one guy who always ran in shorts and bare-chested, even when the temperature was well below freezing (his chest was very red on those days), as well as a variety of incredibly well-muscled Atlases and Amazons. Others always looked immaculate in the latest gear whilst a few looked like they had been sleeping in the Park before their run.
I never had a bad experience running in Central Park, though I do vividly remember one morning when I ran there at 4:00am because of an early flight out, and found myself the only runner there. I could see shadowy figures in places by the side of the road in several places and ended up running down the very middle of the road, adrenalin pumping, ready to make a speedy escape in any direction if necessary. Nothing happened. I would love to still be able to run some laps of Central Park on a regular basis, but opportunities are few and far between these days.