Confession: I am terrified of running the NYC bridges.
I have never even walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Part of it has to do with a fear of being too far away from “land” (also the reason why I have no desire to go on a cruise) and part of it has been the fear of being knocked over by an over-zealous cyclist. The Queensboro bridge (also known as the 59th street) bridge is part of the NYC marathon course and every NYC marathoner I know has recommended that it be included in at least 1 training run. For the past few weeks I had been googling “running across the queensboro bridge” just to get a sense of what the experience is like. Where do you enter from? Where does it end? Do you share a path with cyclists? Is it safe? I came across a good forum on the Runners World website. This was also how I discovered Kristin’s blog where I found an extremely informative post on running this bridge. She has a great series on NYC running routes which are worth checking out!
So armed with this knowledge, I packed on my new hot pink sneakers, strapped on my rather unpredictable Nike running watch (having loads of issues with this including a 4 miler on Park Avenue that was recorded as 0.4 miles, and a 15 miler across the city that had me running at a speedy and erroneous 7 minute mile), and headed east.
Pedsterians, runners and cyclists enter on a ramp located on the south side of 60th street intersecting 1st avenue. There are two lanes, runners on the left and cyclists on the right. Both are 2-way lanes, so while cyclists are supposed to stay in their lane, I found that very often they would take over the runners’ lane. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at how wide the lanes were. I went on this run thinking that I would constantly have to dodge the bikes because of the narrow space, but thankfully that did not really happen.
View unfortunately is not so great, at least going into Queens, when all you have is the north side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island to look at..
The bridge ends on Crescent Street and Queensboro plaza. The view on the way back is pretty breath-taking, with the beautiful Manhattan skyline in the distance. I couldn’t get a great picture but suffice it so say that it’s similar to what you see up in the first picture.
Overall, I loved running this bridge! The total mileage across the bridge and back is around 2.75 miles. There’s an incline which would be great to use for a short run if you want to include hills.
More importantly, now that I have gotten over my fear of running over a bridge I am excited to take on my next one!
Question: What is your favorite bridge to run over?