Evening Cycling – Central Park

I’ve been trying to do a lot more exercise this year. Most of that has been cycling because it’s easy on the knees and that’s important when you’re trying to lose weight.

I’m going to put more emphasis on running this month. I have a 10-mile run coming up at the end of next month. I’ve never done one before. I probably should have put more time into training for it, but life gets in the way. It’s nice to go out jogging again.

My wife and I used to jog together all the time when we lived in Singapore. It’d be great if we could find a way to get back into the habit. We need to move, though. Where we live now makes it really inconvenient to just go out the door and run. We have to drive down to Central Park to make it work and that adds commute time to just working out.

Women’s Half Marathon

Because my wife kicks ass, she went out to Central Park on Sunday and ran a half-marathon and then came home and told me about it like it was no big deal.

This is the awesome medal she got:

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She’s working on building herself up to doing a full marathon. I’m sure she’ll have a medal for that soon as well.

Congrats sweetie!

An Evening Walk Down Riverside Drive in Manhattan

View of the Hudson River from Riverbank State Park

View of the Hudson River from Riverbank State Park

I sort of let myself fall off the exercise wagon while struggling with other commitments, so now that Summer session classes are over, I’m taking August to try to get myself together. That involves a lot of sorting, organizing, shopping, bill paying, appointment scheduling, and, of course, getting myself back into shape. I’m not going to be a hero and try to go from barely being active for two and a half months to dropping 5ks like they’re nothing, so I’m starting out with long walks first. This is definitely a great neighborhood for it, both in terms of scenery and because the area is hilly, rather than flat, making walks more physically challenging.

We walked down Riverside Drive from about 168th Street, where Columbia University Medical Center is and eventually wound up in Riverbank State Park, which is the nicest park I’ve seen in New York City, other than Central Park. The facilities are probably better than those at Central Park, though, since they’re newer. We saw an Olympic-sized running oval, a skating rink, and somewhere in that park there’s also a pool. We’re looking forward to going back and spending some time there. I bet that oval makes for good running, that’s easy on the knees.

Classes start again at the end of the month, so hopefully I can make the most out of my time!

Exercise Equipment For The Elderly

This is just something odd I saw while at the shopping center near my new place.  I was leaning against a rail while my wife was using the ATM, and I noticed this sign behind me.  I thought it was amusing so I snapped some photos.

Apparently, the children are supposed to hang out on the adjoining playground while the old people get their workout:

These workout areas and playgrounds are common in Singapore, but this is the first time I’d seen one that claimed to be specifically for old people.