I had two goals today: run a route I'd never explored and check out the Yeshiva and City College campuses. I also wanted to run my legs off, which I came pretty close to achieving. I need to start running with a camelback, I fear. I have a great dislike for hauling water around with me when I run, but it's becoming an issue as my mileage increases.
Yeshiva is a VERY deserted place on Saturday afternoon (somehow, I don't think it was Christmas related). Made for a great start to my run; no cars on the street and quite peaceful. The view over the Harlem River and Highbridge from the clifftop is stunning.
It was a bit crazier as I headed down Audobon, Amsterdam, and Broadway on my way to City College. More shops open than I would have thought. More traffic on the road than I wanted to encounter. The neo-Gothic architecture at City College is impressive. I ran past "the house on Archer Avenue" at 144th and Convent (regardless what my shoddy GPS tells me) in honor of Christmas. It was part of my rather tenuous (shall we say subtle?) Wes Anderson to J.D. Salinger to Holden Caulfield to the Christmas season theme. Maybe we'll watch the Royal Tenenbaums tonight to tie that up a bit better.
The run home up the west side was less exciting, but I did hit an insanely dangerous patch of ice in Fort Tryon park as I descended the steep hill north of the Cloisters just above Riverside/Dyckman. I nearly scooted down the path on my rear end. Despite the GPS failings, it's a pretty good map today. I like it.