Need Tips for Jogging in Central Park

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    Sep 20, 2007 4:36 PM GMT
    Now that the weather is getting cooler, I'd like to go jogging in Central Park. I moved to NYC in July and didn't do much running because it was so hot. When I do run, I usually go along the Hudson River on the UWS - either North to the Cloisters or South along the bike trail.

    So, for you Central Park joggers, how do you handle jogging with your stuff, since there aren't any lockers? Do you just use a fanny pack or a backpack? I don't really like running with those, however and find it very distracting. I would at least need to carry my wallet, keys, ipod, and a change of shirt since I don't really want to ride the train back home all sweaty.

    Also, are there any particular paths you like better than others?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Sep 20, 2007 5:02 PM GMT
    Once or twice around the reservoir. It's a pain in the ass to jog or rollerblade on the walking paths because there's lots of people, er, walking. Frankly, I'd stick to Riverside Park (along the hudson, but only jog halfway up and then jog back instead of taking the train, you'll have even less to carry). You should consider an armband for your iPod.
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    Sep 20, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
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    Sep 20, 2007 5:44 PM GMT
    Thanks, McGay. I wish they'd get lockers at Central Park, but I know it would be impossible and the amount of security needed would be enormous.

    I guess I'll just stick to the Riverside Park, since it's only a few blocks from my apartment. At least that way I only have to carry my keys.
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    Sep 20, 2007 5:54 PM GMT
    Well, really, all you should need to carry is a key and an ID card (in case today's your day to develop alzheimer's).
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    Sep 20, 2007 6:50 PM GMT
    And a can of mace, just in case.
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    Sep 20, 2007 7:32 PM GMT

    I carry less. I just use a shoe pocket. You can fit a metro card, a key and a few bucks inside it. Something like this:

    http://www.runnersgear.com/page/R/PROD/NSG-05

    Yeah, you have to go home sweaty. Running with something bigger would interfere too much but that's me.

    You should join the NY Frontrunners. They run through Central Park every Sat. They seems like an amazing group:

    http://www.frny.org/

    Good Luck...
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    Sep 20, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    Thanks, Treader. I didn't even think about Front Runners, probably because back home is was mostly walking and very few actual runners.
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    Sep 20, 2007 10:47 PM GMT
    I live in Queens and run through Central Park on the weekends for my long runs (running over the Queensboro Bridge). I use this little thing called an Amphipod (I think I bought it at Paragon Sports) that's big enough to carry ID, MTA card, keys, a few dollars, and a smaller iPod. It clips to the waste and isn't as cumbersome as a fanny pack or a lot of other running packs I've seen.