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My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.

You’ve seen me mention running through Central Park on this blog, oh, approximately a million times.

If you live here, and you’re a runner, you’re more than familiar enough with Central Park, and its loops. The 72nd Street Transverse is an old friend of yours, and you know just where to get on the Reservoir path or the bridle path. (And you know it’s bridle, not bridal.)

If you’re planning a visit here, those words might have just terrified you.

Here’s your guide to running Central Park, from someone who is completely map-illiterate, along with distances.

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

And since the water fountains can be a little finicky, you can always bring your own grape Propel to stay hydrated without adding calories. Save those for brunch! It also has B vitamins for a nice little energy boost, which is awesome when I forget to take my B complex in the morning.  #willrunforpropel

Favorite Route

“The Loop” – 6 miles

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

I like to start at the most southwestern corner of the park, at Columbus Circle, and run in from there. You’ll start at the USS Maine statue (it’s a huge statue with a fountain, hard to miss) and run down a short path to get to the main loop. Central Park runner etiquette: the outside/right side of the road is for bikers/cars, the innermost lane is for those running clockwise, and the middle-ish lane (still to the left of the bike lane) is for running counterclockwise.

From there, I like to run counterclockwise, because you hit a nice downhill right away. Note: if you’re not very accustomed to hills (Floridians, looking at you), this is not an easy route, as you’ll encounter two major hills on your way: Cat Hill and Harlem Hill. You’ll start ascending Cat Hill on E. 75th Street. (Look to the side of the road on the dividers for the streets – you’ll see them marked as E75, for example.) Cat Hill goes from about 75th Street to 81st Street, and your legs will know it, and your eyes will know it from the cat sculpture up on the rocks to your left.

You’ll get a nice downhill from there until you start coming up Harlem Hill. (Which is typically met with curse words by most NYC runners.) You’ll come around the northwest corner of the park and the hill finally peaks around 106th Street. You’ll see one traffic light, and you’ll know you’re almost there. At the second traffic light, you can breathe easy. You’re done!

From here, it’s all downhill. Well, sort of. Next up is what we call “the rollers.” They’re not massive hills like Cat/Harlem, but they’re still inclines. There’s several of them, but they’re short, and finally take you back to where you started!

Shorter Distances:

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

5.1 miles – You can take the same “big loop” of the park, but you’ll see a wide road at 102nd Street, known as the 102nd Street Transverse. If you cut across here, and take a left again at the end, you’ll cut out Harlem Hill and get a nice 5.1 mile loop in.

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

4 miles – Start at the Central Park Boathouse (79th Street, on the East Side), and run counterclockwise, taking the 102nd Street Transverse again, and then taking the 72nd Street Transverse back to the Boathouse…for brunch! Here’s a perfect spot to stop, stretch and rehydrate with some Propel!

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

This is the route my Junior League group takes. You get Cat Hill and a few of the rollers on the west, but you cut out Harlem Hill.

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

1.5ish – Reservoir. Enter at E. 90th Street, head to the water, and go counterclockwise. This gravel path is much, much easier on your knees and gives you great views.

 My Favorite Central Park Running Routes

If you’ve run in the park, what’s your favorite route? If you’ve never run in the park, what would be the most exciting part to you?


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The Days Are Long, but the Years Are Short

The title of this post is one of my favorite quotes, from Gretchen Rubin. I like to remember it when I’m really busy, as a reminder to appreciate these days as they pass.

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I took a look at my to-do list today and very nearly panicked. My heart rate sped up, and my breathing started getting shorter. I stuck my earbuds in, turned on a Gabby Bernstein Kundalini playlist, tried to breathe as deeply as I could with coworkers all around and popped some L-theanine and tried to let the feeling pass as I powered through my list.

The days have been long, but it’s already April. I’ve already been at my new job for six months today. The years are short. So here are just a few highlights from lately.

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My mom does such a good job with not letting the little things pass her by. While taking care of seemingly everyone she knows, she also takes time to celebrate, oh, everything. I don’t think the woman has ever met a holiday she couldn’t decorate for. Easter included. Yes, this is an Easter tree. Yes, she has lost it.

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I can’t believe it was nearly three years ago that I went up to RI with my family to pick up my little cousin Lexi. She’s a real little person now!

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Saturday included run club, picking up cake/cannoli [that I couldn’t eat], wedding dress shopping with Lacey and then heading home. I was stressing about not having enough time between run club and meeting up with Lacey, but as I walked west to Empire Cake (so good, so expensive—I left empty-handed) I realized that if I didn’t slow down, I’d miss the gorgeous day. 

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Run club was fun, as always. I’m trying out the New Balance 890v4s for work, and there’s nothing like some new shoes to put a little kick in your step. Or your NYJL run club buddies trekking downtown to join your JuicePress run.

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Friday night, I was feeling a little bummed out, but I put on heels, a cute top and some red lipstick and met Lacey for a drink. Putting in that little extra effort that inspired extra confidence in myself and resulted in a round of drinks being sent over to us. Well, okay. 

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And Friday morning, I tried out Flex’s TRX class with an old coworker and a new one. SO HARD, SO HUMBLING, SO AWESOME. I love TRX because I feel the burn immediately.

What have you been up to lately? How do you stay grounded when you’re really busy?

Also, there’s some random awesome sales going on right now:

Ann Taylor: 50% off with code WOW50

Saks: 25% off with code FRNFAM.

Someone hide my wallet, please. 

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