As I write about often, I travel quite a bit for work. I’ve figured out how to run while I’m on business travel and often look forward to running in new cities. However, sometimes I have a trip that reminds how lucky I am to live in a city that is built for runners. While I was in Los Angeles recently, I tried to go out on a quick training run. I knew that I would be running on streets before I reached a trail, but once I was about a mile from my downtown hotel, things started to look a little sketchy…so I turned around and headed back to my hotel. I was really frustrated by my inability to get to any great running trails without a car.
It made me think about how lucky I am to run in DC and how much I appreciate my city. I take it for granted that I can be almost anywhere in the District and by foot (or bikeshare or metro) be at a great running trail in less than thirty minutes. I can run past monuments and museums and memorials all in one loop. I sometimes take the sights I see during my runs for granted, and I shouldn’t. Even while DC and the nation is in the midst of a terrible political divide, I can put on my shoes, run through this city (ahem – even on the “closed” National Mall) and clear my head. For that I am grateful.
What’s your favorite city to strap on your shoes and run? Ever run in DC? Do you love it as much as I do?