There are many reasons why I love running, however, the beautiful paths and scenery are at the top of my list. Whether I’m running in Central Park, at the beach or on a wooded trail these sights are always a main source of motivation for my runs. Throughout my many years of running, I’ve grown such a strong appreciation for nature and beauty the world has to offer. I would’ve never discovered these captivating sights if it wasn’t for my passion of running. To celebrate National Trail Day, I put together a list of my favorite NYC running paths.
Central Park Reservoir Path: This was my first running path I discovered during my first year of college in NYC. This 1.5 mile loop offers breathtaking views of the city skyline with the perfect balance of nature. I can always count on this path to fill me with motivation throughout my run. This running path is also lined with gravel which is great for runners to avoid harsh pounding. Many runners chose this path as a go to for their regular workout routine. Personally, I’m always inspired by other runners around me so this is an added bonus! If you want to run the reservoir path, you can enter from the East side on 85th Street and 5th Ave until 110th Street and 5th Ave. There are also multiple entrance locations on the west side of the park.
FDR Drive: For a nice cool breeze off the East River, the FDR Drive is the perfect running path to run along side the water’s edge. During this run, you also cross under the Manhattan, Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridges while passing by the Brooklyn skyline. This running path is very inspirational and perfect for long distance running. On the way back, you are also presented with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. I normally start this path on 20th Street and Avenue C and run all the way down to Battery Park. This distance is about 4 miles long and can be shortened or lengthened depending on the point of entry. If you take this path to Battery Park, you will have a view of the Statue of Liberty along with the passing Staten Island Ferry.
Astoria Park: I do most of my long distance training in Astoria Park since I live close by. This path is located on the other side of the East River which gives you a perfect view if the Manhattan skyline. In addition to this view, this path also crossed under the Tri-Boro and Hell’s Gate bridges. I love to run this path around sunset to see the city silhouette against the golden sky. The path running along the river’s edge is about 1 mile long each way. In addition to this path, the park also offers a running track along with hilly paths perfect for incline running throughout the park to add on more distance.