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Jason's March to the Marathon: NYC streets

(Source: Jason Dennis) (Source: Jason Dennis)
(Source: Jason Dennis) (Source: Jason Dennis)
(Source: Jason Dennis) (Source: Jason Dennis)
(Source: Jason Dennis) (Source: Jason Dennis)
(Source: Jason Dennis) (Source: Jason Dennis)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - I took a bite out of the Big Apple, with my running shoes on and a little sweat on my face.

My family vacation in New York City did not mean a vacation from marathon training. That race is only a month away.

I needed to get those miles in, keep in shape and stay on schedule.

My first run in NYC was at night, in and around Times Square. The challenges there were mainly all the crowds of people and stopping at crosswalks. I didn’t think it was the best idea to get hit by traffic.

Like the song says, “These streets will make you feel brand new, The lights will inspire you.”

That’s Alicia Keys’ chorus in the Jay-Z song “Empire State of Mind.” And she’s right.

The lights of Broadway and New York City made that run made that run more exciting than most. Fun is not how I would describe many of the sometimes monotonous runs that need to be done while training for my first marathon.

It was somewhere new for my running shoes. And now I can say I’ve run all through Times Square.

My final run through NYC was in one of my favorite places from our vacation – Central Park!

OK, I’ll admit I got lost several times in Central Park. I was not afraid to stop and ask for directions either.

There is so much to see in that huge, beautiful, historic park. I also stopped just about every 5 minutes during my 7-mile run there to take pictures of the scenery, statues, and skyline. I highly recommend it!

And at 9 a.m. on a weekday, there were runners filling the sidewalks and pedestrian lanes of Central Park. It was inspiring to see that, and has me motivated to keep the running community growing in our own backyard of Georgia and Alabama.

After getting home from the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” (Alicia Keys again), it was time for that weekly long run – like it or not.

I told the guy I’m training with, Jimmy Davis, that I was looking forward to that 18 mile run. He texted back “Lies, Lol.”

It took us a little more than 3 hours, or 8 loops around Flat Rock Park, but glad to complete my longest run yet, and not be sore.

Maybe I can thank my rejuvenated New York state of mind for that.

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