A New Park to Run In

by Jillian on July 30, 2012 · 10 comments

Happy Monday! Well, mine is because it’s my day off. But I still hope you are all finding a way to enjoy it somehow.

I’ve been getting sick of the park I usually run in and have been thinking about exploring part of the course that my half marathon will cover in September. Last night I decided I was going to find a route, figure out how to get there and where to park, and just do it! The course goes through Liberty State Park, which is in Jersey City. I found a perfect route of 4 miles, which is exactly what I needed to run.

The best part?

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There were bathrooms at the beginning of the loop around the park!

I started out running towards the back of the park and around so that the second half of my run would include running along the water.

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How cool is that view? One perk about living in New Jersey, I guess.

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After passing the Statue of Liberty, the last 2 miles of the run were along the water and the sun was beating down on my right side. I’m pretty sure I’ll have one red arm later.

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I also got a pretty awesome view of downtown Manhattan.

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Towards the end of the run, I ran past the 9/11 memorial wall.

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All the names of those lost are listed on the inside.

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I ended my run at the top of the park, where I could see Jersey City’s financial district.

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Four miles were completed at an average 8:41 pace. The weather was also pretty mild, even considering that the sun was beating down on me.

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  • Mile 1: 8:51
  • Mile 2: 8:43
  • Mile 3: 8:30
  • Mile 4: 8:40

A big thanks to Katie, who was my virtual running partner! I wrote on twitter last night and Katie responded with some motivation.

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Breakfast

After my sweaty drive home, I was craving eggs! I made one egg and two eggs whites and somehow ended up with a nice little (or big, I should say) dippy egg. Hence, why I only covered half of my flax toast with almond butter. Dippy time! See that big fat part of the egg ready to explode?

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A sliced fresh peach from a local farm (Joe’s Mom brought me some the other day) was served on the side. Oh, and that’s my typical sriracha and nutritional yeast on the eggs.

Now I really need to get some things done around here: laundry, grocery shopping, and some bookkeeping work.

PS: You still have time to enter my BlenderBottle SportMixer giveaway!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Danielle @ Clean food Creative Fitness July 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

What an awesome running route! So scenic! I love going in to Boston to run but wish it wasn’t 15 minutes away! It’s kind of a pain to drive in for a run! Someday I’ll live in the city!

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2 Melissa July 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Gorgeous views! Glad you had a great run & a new park to get the miles in at :)

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3 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Looks beautiful! I love finding new running routes – always good for motivation.

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4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Way to go girl! I’ve got your back! ;)

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5 Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom July 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Wow, your running route today was phenomenal!! Actually, I am just jealous of any outdoor running right now!! It is 95 degrees when I wake up and go to bed so running just isn’t happening right now!!

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6 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal July 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Such a cool running route. That’s why I love living in the city (any big city) – runs or walks are never boring and the scenery changes constantly. Suburbs on the other hand… Dreadfully boring. In my opinion of course.

The idea of a digital running buddy is awesome by the way! Way to go girls

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7 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocoalte July 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Monday is my day off as well! Always a great way to start off the week. :-)

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8 Marilyn July 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Love the scenic running route!

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9 Alysha @Shesontherun July 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

What a gorgeous place to run. I have yet to make it to NYC but some day!

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