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Love to See the (Construction) Progress

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Just back from the Mets game at Citifield.  Still energized and won’t be able to sleep for awhile so thought I’d take this opportunity to write a little for my blog.

This was my 2nd highly satisfying game witnessed in person this week, both ending in a Mets blowout win.  I’ve been to hundreds of games at Shea Stadium, but in the last 2 years of Shea’s lifetime, 2007 and 2008, it seems like they almost always lost when I was there, and in sometimes brutal fashion.  I was in the park on the fateful last day of both years when tragic losses to the Marlins booted them from playoff contention.  Even last year, I saw 4 games, all losses, the last one a road trip to Washington DC, a loss on a walk off 2 out 2 strike grand slam homerun to a rookie nobody.  Brutal, brutal stuff.  But this year, I’m 2 for 2 in the win column!

I did not intend to write about the Mets, but rather, the great progress I saw in various construction projects, on my 6.5 mile run this morning.  This morning I ran my ‘lower Manhattan loop’ route.  On average, I run this route about every 2-3 months, and so can easily see the differences from run to run.  There are several great construction projects ongoing that continue to make good progress.

  1. Battery Park – looks like the construction, that has been going on forever, is about done.  The park actually looks really great for the first time in a long time
  2. Staten Island Ferry terminal – the front of the terminal has looked like a war zone for years as well.  The west half that opens to Battery Park looks to be just about all done with construction.  It will be great when this is all done because then it will be easier to link from the east river greenway, across the ferry terminal entrance, and over to the promenade leading to the west side greenway
  3. Expansion of pedestrian path at southern tip of east river greenway – they are in the process of building an extension to the sidewalk over the river, presumably to build a bike lane along the existing sidewalk?  Whatever the  purpose, it looks like the concrete has been poured, and they just need to put up a railing of some sort to get it open.  The extra space in that spot will be a welcome addition
  4. Greenway from Wall St to Seaport – Looks like the heavy construction is all done here now and they are working on some landscaping.  Looking forward to this being done so eliminate the slight detour that is in place now.  This section is to be the sample of what they intend to build all along the east river greenway.

Anyway, love seeing these improvements to our park, pedestrian and exercise space, and look forward to them being completed.  I love to see improvements in my running as well, but that goes without saying…

As for my training, in the middle of a very heavy 2 week period of running, with a 20-22 mile long run scheduled for Sunday.  Then 2 weeks of taper before the Rhode Races marathon on May 2.  Feeling good and very much ready for a strong sub 4:30 race.

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Written by SCL

April 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Posted in Mets, Reflections, running

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