Just got back from my lunchtime run. Wondered if folk would like to share their favorite routes, what time of day they prefer to run, and what season/weather conditions they like best.
Also thought we might distinguish between “usual” routes, and special/vacation type routes.
My standard run is my fave - a 4-mile loop along the Chicago lakefront. I run through Grant Park, past Buckingham fountain, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium, out to a peninsula where the planetarium is, giving a great view of the skyline. Small planes take off and land at Meigs field. During warm weather, plenty of boats in the harbors. Lately they have been doing a great job of landscaping in the park.
If I want to stretch it to 6 or 8 miles, I go further south along the bike path, past Soldier Field and McCormick Place.
I like to go at lunchtime to break up the workday. Theoretically, I would like early morning best, but I can’t get myself to wake up early enough. Can’t get my butt in gear after I drag myself home.
I like it in the winter, as long as it isn’t icy or too windy. It is cool that the lakefront is absolutely deserted, right next to this big city.
I also like it when it is scorching in the summer - there is a little beach around 14th street. You can run to it with the sweat pouring off you, shed your shoes and take a little swim, looking back at all the working stiffs in the concrete towers.
My ultimate fave would be morning runs along a beach - probably in Florida. I also enjoy going for a nice easy run whenever I travel to a city for business or pleasure. A great way to get the lay of the land.
How bout you?