A More Perfect Union

Is there A More Perfect Union than running and a fall backdrop in Central Park? If so, I can’t think of it right now.   

  I started off running and kept stopping to take photos. 

Pics of trees and leaves blown in the wind…  

 … pics of leaves at my feet…  
 … pics of other people (like these two men on a tandem bike)
 … pics of berries  

… and this couple strolling by the water   
There is so much to look at in the park! But then I realized my photography was making my pace look really bad so I stopped my running app after about two thirds of a mile and started again. 

This time, I ran 2 miles with minimal picture taking so my pace was a little better. I did have to stop to photograph these horses that just appeared in my way when I rounded a bend. And then, because I’ve learned to have a healthy fear of animals bigger than me, I took my time approaching them, walking by them, and even after passing them.  

    
 I don’t know if some of the free water from the fountain perked me up so even though I was feeling busted before the water just ran another one third of a mile to make it an even 3 mile run. 

Chicken fried rice with purple cabbage and carrots for the refuel. Absolutely delicious and filling.  

 Perfect fall run!  

   
In 3 days time, over 50,000 runners will descend on this same route when they enter the last leg in Central Park, running towards the finish line of the NYC Marathon. I know the runners will be focused on finishing those last couple of miles but I hope they notice the beauty even in their peripheral vision. It’s easy to miss a blessing when you’re focused on chasing another one. 

I hope you take some time to notice your blessings today. 

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  1. sfarnell says:

    Thats an interesting view… Was that on your run?

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yup. It was. It’s the kind of view that forces you to stop running and pay attention. πŸ˜€

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      1. sfarnell says:

        Its important to stop! ☺

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  2. I just realized the beauty of running outdoors during my last 5k by the beach! It definitely inspired me to set a goal of getting out more. Which I did just that today on a hike near a park so close to me with trails I have never ventured through! It was nice hearing the birds and seeing the trees. I even saw some horse stables today! Nice shots by the way! It’s always so hard for me to get good photos still. I especially like the berries one and the tandem bike! I’ve always wanted to try that.

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  3. Great pictures! I stopped to take a couple of pics during my run in Philly. I love running in Central Park – but I haven’t done it in the fall yet!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks a lot, Janelle! I love the pics on your blog too. The view is one of the perks of running outside.

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  4. These are great pictures Karen. This really would be an incredible finish for the NYC Marathon, to go through a leg of Central Park. That is a lot of runners, and hard to get my mind around that.
    Wishing you a great weekend! πŸ™‚
    ~Carl~

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    1. Run Wright says:

      I hope you are having a great weekend also, Carl. Thanks for the comment. The marathon is usually broadcast on ESPN and looking at the crowd of runners is always amazing.

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