I’m Blazing Some Trails

It’s a little tough to find trails here in NYC. But if you look hard enough, nestled in between skyscrapers and through streets, you’ll find them. A good place to start your trek: Central Park.

I’ve been hitting up the bridal path lately—it’s basically three sections of conjoined paths that wind around the park. (It’s flatter, wider, and a lot less rocky than the single track in this photo.) If you’re lucky, you’ll see a horse, but mostly you’ll find runners like me who want to get off the pavement for a bit.  I’m having such a great time playing in the dirt, checking out flowering trees, listening for birds, that I signed up for a 10K trail race in June. It’s part of The North Face Endurance Challenge race series, which kicks off this weekend in Bear Mountain, NY.

I’m so excited about training for it! I’ve been mapping out new routes in the park (to prevent boredom from going the same way all the time) and researching trails outside of the city, accessible by public transportation (hooray for small carbon footprints!). I’m also looking into trail shoes. Because a girl’s gotta have the perfect footwear for every occasion, right?

Do you ever run off road? Got any advice on trail shoes?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.

Not Running Is Harder Than Running

I’ve taken the past three days off from running, since I just put my body through 26.2 miles of mega hills, and it’s driving me nuts. This morning I took a walk to Central Park and longingly watched others jog past me. In a moment of weakness I decided to run—just to the next lamppost, which turned into the one beyond that, which turned into half a mile. And now my knee feels funny. Oops.

Recovering from a marathon can be tricky. Experts say it takes about four weeks to fully bounce back—but you don’t want to completely stop exercising during that period and you also don’t want to put too much pressure on strained joints and muscles. So I’m filling the next two weeks with walking, spinning, and light running on trails and grass. And then I’ll ease back into running on pavement.

In the meantime, I’m going to stay as connected to the running community as possible.

Will you be in NYC tomorrow? Meet me at the Jack Rabbit New York City Running Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion (123 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). A $10 ticket gets you into the event, plus $15 off any purchase you make. I’ll be at the Achilles table on the 2nd floor from 3pm to 6pm. Come learn about the Hope & Possibility 5-miler and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.