Sunday, May 29, 2011
Don't Forget Your Running Shoes
But when you go to a new or an unfamiliar town, finding a good place to run can be a challenge.
So imagine my surprise and absolute delight when I found the Greenbelt Park when I recently spent the better part of two weeks in Kingsport, Tenn., as I worked a couple of college baseball tournaments. And it was a double score since I had easy access to it from my hotel, meaning I could just step out of my hotel room and begin running to the park.
It was a lovely situation for me.
Intrigued, I went to investigate.
And I am so glad I did.
As soon as I made my way back there I was in heaven. The majority of the bike/running trail is tree covered and winds along a creek. It is very picturesque. In fact, when I was running along one of the many wooden bridges, I felt like I was in one of Runner's World's Rave Runs.
It's an absolutely beautiful park, and I truly enjoyed my time there. In the eight mornings I was there too run, I logged over 38 miles along the trails. The coolest thing about the park is that you don't feel like you right behind a string of shopping centers and businesses but rather out in the woods.
Long story short, always taking your running gear with you. You never know what you might find. Sometimes you'll fun a park like this, other times you'll get to run across some historic sites like I did with some SID friends in San Francisco when we ran across the Golden Gate Bridge. That run was definitely worth the early wakeup call.