Ever since I started running about 1 1/2 years ago, I wanted to run in Central Park. When I was in New York for work last year, I didn't have the opportunity. It was warm last year, too, but the schedule didn't work out in my favor. This year, I made it a priority and hit the road first thing this morning before my work duties became urgent.
I even got the chance to test out my new-to-me Nathan's handheld, which perfect stowed my hotel key, ATM card and emergency cash, in case I got so hopelessly off course that I needed to hail a cab. Unfortunately, it did not match my outfit, and my shoes did not match anything, either. Functional, yes; fashionable, not so much.
However, it all worked out. I jogged the blocks over to the park and made a quick loop before heading back for work. I got in 4.5 miles with an overall pace of 9:27 per mile. I decided this gave me license to really enjoy the breakfast buffet. And when I paid $30 for breakfast (only in New York!), I wanted to make sure to get my money's worth.