We have been in New York City now for a little more than 24 hours and here is what I have learned so far on my first visit to the Big Apple:
1. I LOVE Central Park!
2. Pedestrians here don’t really value their lives.
3. Cyclists value their lives even less than the pedestrians.
4. Don’t take it personally if an angry cab driver honks at you, they honk at everything.
5. Even if you stop your car for a pedestrian who is directly in front of you, the cars behind you will honk at you. Apparently the rules are you should take aim at the pedestrian.
6. The hand sign at intersections does not mean stop walking across the street. Here it means pause momentarily to contemplate the concept of stopping, then just go anyway.
7. Manhattan kids are dressed better than my kids.
8. Manhattan kids are dressed better than me.
9. Manhattan kids are dressed better than anyone I know (no offence to everyone I know).
10. The woman here wear very nice shoes, no matter the temperature or how much walking needs to be done. I am wearing my previous pair of running shoes that were used for 600km and you can tell that just by looking at them. They are, however, the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever owned.
11. There are many revolving doors in NYC. I know this because my children want to play in all of them. (And thanks to the NYRR guy at race kit pick up who politely reminded them that they need to be careful and not play in them)
12. I love this city! I am a country girl at heart, but if we ever win millions I want to rent an expensive Manhattan apartment for a summer and spend my days running in Central Park. I did an easy 4k run in the park today (plus kms of walking) and loved every minute. My opinion may change after the race and I have done all the hills, but right now I can’t imagine a better place to run. And I admit there was a little part of me that associated Central Park with crime scenes (based on watching t.v shows and movies…I know, they’re fictional) but it is a fantastic place to go for a solo run. There were runners and cyclists everywhere, even though it was still a work day. And in the Park I felt as though clothing-wise I actually fit in wearing my running gear. It is worth coming back just to run the paths of Central Park. Can’t wait for the race!