If you live in NYC you know all about Fresh Kills in Staten Island. It’s the site of the former landfill that was opened in 1947 and finally closed after many years of residents fighting the big boys in 2001. What was supposed to be a temporary landfill operated for only 20 years turned into one of the biggest landfills in US until it finally closed. If it was to remain open it would become one of the highest points on the East Coast. Since it’s closure the parks department has been working hard to convert it to a park that would be 3x larger than Central Park. It was a painful sore for Staten Island residents that now has a bright future and a long road ahead. You can read more about the future Park here: http://freshkillspark.org/.
NYRR has organized a great exploratory run thru the Fresh Kills today, July 9h (and one on August 6 @ 9 am). The run takes you thru 2 different mounds: 1st 5k loop thru south mound and 2nd loop the north mound. What a great opportunity to run thru this amazing vast area.
We started at the visitor center and along the main road, cross the main creek and unto the South mound. I loved seeing alot of my running SIAC friends including El Presidente Mark. My hubs decided to join me which was great since we haven’t ran together in about 2 months. I wasn’t sure I could run much since I ran a 16 miler a day before for my Chicago Marathon training run and I was really sore. The 3 of us Amy, Peter and I decided to pace together and go by feel. Running thru the mound was very picturesque. It was very sunny and there was no shade which kinda made it hotter but once in a while we got a nice breeze to cool us off. Chatting with friends always makes the run go by faster. That kind of made me not pay attention to the pain in my legs. The park itself is breathtaking. If you just look around you would never think the landfill is beneath your feet. Once we made a turn back onto the main road I knew I couldn’t keep going. My IT band and glute medius were just in too much pain for me to continue. I really would’ve loved to run on the north mound but sorry, wasn’t gonna happen.
We ended up walking the last mile to the visitor center which put us at 4.74 miles total. Pretty good for an achy girl. There will be another run/walk thru the park on August 6th @9am. If you haven’t had a chance please check it out.