I moved to New York after having lived and run in the Denver and Chicago suburbs.
I mastered the head nod or itty bitty wave for the early morning trails on the Highline Canal, where I would invariably acknowledge every other human being I passed on my morning run.
I learned to run against traffic so there are two sets of eyes looking out for me, not one. I also waived to the drivers as they slowed down to pass me.
I dutifully passed on the left and hugged the right side of whatever sidewalk I chose to pound my cross country miles on that day.
New York City is a different animal, and entirely different beast all together. We have our own rules and our own quirks. Here are my Top 10 “You Might Be a New York City Runner If…”
1. You see the same person every time you run but neither of you ever acknowledge the other’s existence.
2. Your run includes multiple boroughs. Or states.
3. You bring cab fare or a Metro card with you when you long run.
4. You know the run routes through boroughs that you don’t know how to get to by train or car.
5. You are more paranoid of being hit by a bicyclist than a car.
6. Your runs regularly include going over at least one bridge.
7. You run through neighborhoods you would never consider walking through.
8. On any given day in Central Park, you might see nuns on roller skates, a guy juggling while running, and Meb Keflezighi all on the same run.
9. You accidentally crash the JP Morgan Chase Challenge and audibly groan when you realize what you’ve done.
10. People say “The Park” and you know they mean Central Park.
What are your “You Might Be a New York City Runner If…” moments? Or maybe your city has its own little quirks. Tell me about it in the comments and I’ll feature my favorites on Friday!
Now go out and run.