I was in New York city again last week. This time to meet with my editor at Simon & Schuster to see the latest cover design for my upcoming book, and to discuss some other marketing issues. I also took a few days to do some sightseeing and, needless to say, ran several times in Central Park.
The longer course around the park, the 6-mile outer loop, is different than the loop I have run countless times in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park along the river. The main difference is hills; Central Park has a lot of them. So, while it is shorter than the 8.4-mile Fairmont Park loop around the Art Museum, I consider it much more of a challenge, especially on a hot day.
Still, Central Park has nothing to compare to the "Rocky Steps" leading up to Philly's Art Museum. Just about any time of day you can drive by the museum and see individuals or groups running up the steps that Rocky Balboa (Silvester Stallone) made famous in the movie, then dancing jubilantly at the top with arms thrust in the air like he did.