The leaves are slowly changing from green to gold, which means my summer of running outside is coming to a close.
I will definitely attempt winter running this year, but I’m going to miss the sunshine and warmth that go along with a great summer run. Not to mention the green landscapes, the flowers and the dozens of other people outside doing the same.
But before closing the door completely on my first summer as an outdoor runner, I want to take a look back at some of the places I’ve been lucky enough to explore while tracking my weekly miles. Enjoy!
I’ve talked about it before, but this quiet park is close to my house and absolutely beautiful. While running there this summer I have come across weddings, engagement and maternity photo sessions, one proposal and many happy people sharing picnics on patchwork blankets.
University of Manitoba
Also close to home, I love running through the university grounds. Filled with people, interesting buildings to look at and – usually – groomed pathways, it is well-lit, peaceful and offers both a bathroom and water… which are very important when out for a longer run. This is also the campus where I spent my first post-secondary years, so it offers a bit of nostalgia too.
St. Vital Walking Path
When I’m really looking to go all out on a long run, this is one of my favourite places to head. Located along a major road, this new-ish walking path is paved and slightly shielded from the elements by trees. It’s also close to a number of amenities, which is a plus (see the water/bathroom note above). The only downside is that it isn’t very well lit, which makes evening runs a bit of a challenge.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Until recently, I was privileged to work at this beautiful marsh. Located about 20 kilometers outside the city, it was a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The marsh features numerous boardwalks and pathways that are just perfect for a runner. I loved running at the marsh so much that I wrote a short article about it for our company’s magazine. Check it out here.
I love running close to home, but honestly, nothing can beat the wide-open spaces and picturesque roadways at Lake Winnipeg. This is where our family cottage is located and where I was able to spend a few weekends this summer. You never know what you will see when going for a run out at the cottage.
I’ll definitely let you know how fall running shapes up, along with what I decide about running outdoors in the winter. Some people swear by it; others think the concept is insane. I’m somewhere in the middle… for now…