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?


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.



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


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.


I also got a pretty awesome view of downtown Manhattan.


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


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


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


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.


  • 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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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?


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!


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 :)


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

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


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

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


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!!


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


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. :-)


8 Marilyn July 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Love the scenic running route!


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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