Running in the park…
“Run hard when it’s hard to run”
Yesterday, i ran for the first time in Prospect Park!
Prospect Park is a 585 acre (2.4 km²) public park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn located between Park Slope, Lefferts Gardens, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush Avenue, Grand Arny Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and seven blocks northeast of Greenwood Cemetary. It is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreations and is part of the Brooklyn Queens Greenway! The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux after they completed New York’s Central Park. Attractions include the Long Meadow, a 90 acre (36 ha) meadow thought to be the largest meadow in any U.S. park; the Picnic House which houses offices and a hall that can accommodate parties with up to 175 guests; Litchfield Villa, the historic home of the previous owners of the southern part of Park; Prospect Park Zoo ; a large nature conservancy; the only urban Audubon Center & a Visitor Center (at the Boathouse); Brooklyn’s only lake, covering 60 acres (24 ha); the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in the summertime; and various sports and fitness activities including seven baseball fields. There is also a private Quaker Cemetary on the grounds of the Park in an area known as Quaker Hill. (Actor Montgomery Clift is interred there.)
There are many different running loops to follow in the park. I decided on this one:
The Simple Loop:
We normally start the Simple Loop around 15th street and Prospect Park West, and go counterclockwise. Watch out for the long, steep climb in the north, getting to Grand Army Plaza. ‘
Took me 41 minutes to complete! I have to say i really enjoyed this experience as i’ve only ever really run on the boardwalk, unless i was doing a race of some sort! Lots of other people out running! It was an incredibly lovely day weather wise! I even wore shorts!
I never thought to change running routes. I’ve always loved, and still do the tranquility and lightness of running on my beloved boards! There really is no beating it but…..i fully intend to run at least 2X a week at the park! Why not? It’s accessable to me, has great loops and is very pretty!
Plus, and this is most important…there are lovely men running with all sorts of interesting running outfits so i let my mind wander a bit!!! Don’t worry, it stays clean! At least in my mind!!!!!!