This morning’s run took a sleepy me all the way up to just a few blocks north of where I work, across the Hudson on the George Washington Bridge, and northward along the Hudson in Palisades State Park.
I wore my new jacket and a few layers underneath. I ended up ditching the fleece before getting under way because the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous, but still a little chilly this morning. It was waiting for me to throw back on after the run and I was happy to have it while I was on the train.
I started the run with the 10 minute pace group and we made our way - single file - across the GWB toward New Jersey. It was pretty chilly up on the bridge with the cars whipping past and the wind picking up. This portion of the run kind of solidified my love affair with the jacket Drew got me.
When we got to Palisades State Park I was thrilled with the scenery! It was a gorgeous morning for a run and the paved paths certainly didn’t disappoint. There were a few slick spots where ice hadn’t quite melted, but it was mostly dry. The path winds north right along the Hudson, and it is very pretty.
With the exception of a few packs of cyclists, there weren’t many other people who weren’t with our group out there. I ran without headphones and at first, the silence was deafening. (I forget what quiet is with the constant woosh of cars, honking and sirens in the city. It’s become white noise.) I could hear the swish of my arms against my coat, my steady breath and my shoes hitting the pavement beneath me. I settled into it and was thankful to be able to enjoy the quiet.
Before we set out, I had planned to run 11 miles. I haven’t been good about running this week and I thought it would be good to tack on an extra mile or two if I was feeling up to it on today’s long run. The coaches cautioned us when we set out though, that those of us who were scheduled to be running 10 miles would feel like we had run 12. The course was quite hilly. I ended up running 11.25 miles and I’m really feeling that last one. I have a gross blister that Drew insisted I should not take a picture of to post and I had some Achilles tenderness that I had to stop and stretch out once or twice. It was a great undertaking, but it was an incredibly enjoyable run.
*My apologies for blurry/grainy photos. I snapped the pictures on my blackberry as I ran along (like a complete n00b) and while I love my little phone, it doesn’t take the most stunning pictures… I just wanted to document my foray into Jersey.