Saturday, May 9, 2009

An Oldie But Goodie 8-Mile Loop

A fair number of my running friends are doing the Cinco de Mayo tomorrow in Prospect Park, which meant that most wanted to do easy and relatively short. So today's run was kind of a no brainer - giving people an easy 5.5 mile option, an 8 mile option (mapped) with plenty of choices to do more.

From Grand Army Plaza to the City Hall end of the Brooklyn Bridge is almost exactly 4 miles. And if you stop in Cadman Plaza Plaza and turn back, you're at the 2.75 mile point. Happily, they've finally turned on the water fountains in the park, which was welcome as the humidity started to barrel in.

Thankfully, at 8:30 in the morning, there wasn't much food or bike traffic. There were, however, two police ... what, enclosed golf carts? ... that barreled past with little warning (reminded me a bit of the cars in The Italian Job remake -- one of my favorite no-brainer action movies), which livened up the run a bit.

An early Happy Mothers' Day to everyone. For the running guys, make sure you get that Sunday run done well before you have to serve breakfast in bed. For the running moms (especially the newbies), I offer up a link from the amazing Paula Ratcliffe as she discusses her training regimen with her baby daughter.

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