One of my favourite things to do these days is to explore new cities while running.
I’ve been extremely lucky in 2011 having run through the streets of Halifax, Bridgewater, Yellowknife, Kingston, Cornwall, Vernon, Montreal, Petawawa, Markham, London and Windsor as part of my ECinc ChiRunning Cross Canada Tour.
Today I will get to add another city to the 2011 list, but this time it’s not directly related to CR. I’m in Calgary for meetings and for the CanFitPro conference. You bet your bottom dollar that I will take full advantage of the beautiful fall weather and the fact that my hotel is right beside some nice trails (or so the hotel website says).
I find you get to really experience a city by taking your time and enjoying the sights and sounds at 10km/hr or so. You get to feel the difference in some of the neighbourhoods. And the best part is that if you’re lucky you get to meet a few tour guides (and new friends) along the way.
I pity the folks that only see the insides of conference and hotel rooms and watering holes. Or only get to see the city through the road to the airport. I’ve been in that position before but I vow to never let it happen again, even if I have to outside at night. By myself. In a scary new place. I’m actually looking forward to that…
I’ll keep you posted as I’m slowly putting together my top runs of 2011. I assume some of the ones mentioned above will make the cut…
What are some of your favourites places in Canada to run? Care to share?