Monday, March 1, 2010
How Many Bridges Have You Run?
I ask this question, and I need to think about it a bit. Verazzano, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro, Pulaski ... I've walked over the GW, though never run it. A whole slew of smaller bridges, I'm sure (how many different ways have you crossed the Gowanus?)
Had a chance the other day to do a workout in Manhattan, and, bored with Central Park, realized that I'd never run Queensboro from Manhattan (obviously, it's always from the Queens side, and I'm usually in massive pain at the time).
And so I did, after finding the walk/bike path (thanks officer). The approach from Manhattan seems longer - definitely longer than the Williamsburg (or maybe it's just the steepness -- I'll need to get some measurements).
Got into Queens, figured I'd try to get to the Pulaski, realized I hadn't a clue how. (When in doubt, pick a direction). After wandering for a bit (always fun as a runner), and about to give up, I found a sign for the Pulaski and, lo and behold, managed to run that as well. I'm thinking a run from Manhattan back to Brooklyn is in the works.
One of the various message groups I'm on had some lengthy discussions about various bridge runs that could be done, incorporating a lot of the big ones. Yeah, it's a lot of miles, but you can also probably shorten it by some targeted subway/bus rides.
The above photo, BTW, is a picture to the entrance for the ... actually, not going to say. (Lot of hints - it's one of my favorites for running, it's been featured in recent commentary). Just find it, and run on it. It's worth the experience.