What is Summer Streets, you say?
On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike.
I love Summer Streets! You get Park Avenue on the Upper East Side all the way downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge for yourself, and then some. There are events, water stations all over, and you really feel like you own the streets. I love Summer Streets, did I tell you already?
The first one was last Saturday, and I missed because I was racing the Team Championships… no way I’d miss this one!!!
Blaise, Patricia, Juan, Kyra, Jessica, Shawn, Gerry and I met by the Brooklyn Bridge at 7:30 and we got moving, they were all doing a long run (16 to 20), and Juan and I were shooting for 12, all about 8 or 8:20 pace.
Now on the Manhattan Bridge, back towards the city
Back in the city and on Summer Streets!
Towards Grand Central now…
And now on Park Avenue, north of Grand Central, my favorite stretch!!!
Then we headed into Central Park, because, it’s there, you know?
This is the route we ended up with, Brooklyn Bridge to, duh, Brooklyn, back in the city through the Manhattan Bridge, then back to Summer streets up north to 72, north in the park for a Harlem Hill Climb and … that was 12 for Juan and I, the rest kept going
1- go early, 7 am, it gets very crowded (and almost not worth it) after 9ish.
2- there’s those water stops, so no need to carry fuel belts.
3- take pictures. it’s amazing. I can never get over it.
4- plan a post-run brunch along the course, so you can watch everyone go after you finished your run!
Promise me you’re going next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!