4 Insanely Easy Tips To Kickstart Your Running In NYC

Ready to run?  Here are some tips to help you get started.


1.  Central Park’s bridle path 

http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-running-training/trail-of-the-month-bridle-path-new-york-city

This a soft dirt path that is easy on the joints and a great starting point for beginners.  Half way around the path are the tennis courts — they have clean bathrooms that are easily accessible from the path.  When you run, go for distance rather than time – take it slow and don’t worry about your pace.  Walk if you have to.  Build up milage gradually.

2.  Strava (or comparable app) to log your runs

https://www.strava.com

Measure your improvement by using the Strava app to log your runs.  I follow people who inspire me and it is relatively easy to use.  It will also help you find nearby running routes when you are looking for a new path.

3.  Running gear

Nathan’s Waist pack: http://www.rei.com/product/880134/nathan-mirage-pak-waistpack

Cliff Shot Bloks: http://clifbar.com/products/clif-shot/shot-bloks

Other than the obvious — a good pair of sneakers and running outfit, it also helps to get a small waist pack (don’t worry about the potential fashion faux pas —  it conceals underneath your shirt).  I use this small waist pack that stretches out to hold everything I need when I leave my apartment for a run in the city — it expands enough to hold my mammoth iPhone 6 plus, money, metro card and a small snack (I love the delish vegan Cliff Shot Bloks).

4.  Sign up for a race!

http://www.runningintheusa.com

There is a 5k race every weekend in New York City, and running a race is a lot of fun.  You are surrounded by crowds of supportive people and the atmosphere is exhilarating.

Crossing the finish line. Dunzo!!!
Crossing the finish line. Dunzo!!!

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