Running long distances is boring. Let me rephrase that… running long distances CAN be boring. But it doesn’t have to be. If you find yourself hating your training and dreading the track around the same sidewalk, it might be time for a change of scenery.
I am in touch with the feeling of boredom when it comes to my runs. We have a loop in my neighborhood – a 2 mile sidewalk that is appropriately named “The Circle.” It’s great, for a 2 mile run. It’s even great for a 4 mile run. It is terrible for anything longer. Why? Well, who wants to run around the same track for an hour? Pass the same houses, and the same tree “landmarks” and the same crack-in-the-cement “obstacles”? Bor-ring!! Below are two photos of that route, at two separate points of the loop. Pretty similar, right?
Not so exciting, huh? It’s safe, it’s predictable, good for a quick evening (or early morning) run. But Napa and Sonoma? Well, that’s a landscape that could never bore! Not me anyways. And when I join Destination Races for their Napa to Sonoma half marathon event in July, I plan to be ready. Both for a change of scenery, and for the hills I hear they have out there!
But for now, I must satisfy myself with what’s readily available: bridges. We have a new bridge connecting our town to the next one over, affectionately known to residents as “The New Bridge” because it just opened last December. They did a great job with it, and it’s become super popular with drivers and runners alike. And the views provide that perfect change of scenery as I progress with my training.
Here’s an up-and-over view:
The New Bridge = mastered. Just wait until I show you some of the others. Those lead out to more open waters, and the ocean. 😉
*This post was written in partnership with Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series. All thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own. For more information, please visit Race to Wine Country.