Friday, May 23, 2014

friday five: five places i'd love to run

This is my first Friday Five linkup with the ladies at Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What?. The Friday Five topic? Five places you'd love to run. 

It's so hard to choose just 5 locations, when there are SO many beautiful ones to choose from. I'm going to stick with US locales, but if I were to go international, my wish list includes these places: Florence, Rome, London, Paris, and Greece. In general, I think running through cities is a great way to get in some sight-seeing along with some exercise :)

Five places in the US that I'd love to run (in no particular order):

1. Boston. Even though I've been to Boston (back in my Irish Dancing days), I haven't returned in my adult years, and would love to enjoy the city during a run. I'm pretty sure I'll never be fast enough to quality for the Boston Marathon, and have doubts that I could raise enough money to fundraise and run for charity. However, I'd be cool with just going for a run and exploring the city. 

Boston montage



2. New York. I've never been to the Big Apple, but it's on my wish list. And if I ever get a chance to go, you just know I have to go for a run in Central Park!

Panoramic view of Central Park from Rockefeller Center.

3. Napa Valley. That Zooma Napa Valley half marathon looks like a great girls weekend (and heck - my husband would love it, too!). Running a half marathon past vineyards with mountain scenery, and then hitting up some of the best winery tasting rooms in the country? Yes, please. I pretty much love any running event that includes wine in the description.

ZOOMA Napa Valley Medal

4. San Diego. This is another place I have been to already, but again, pre-running days. I just adored this city, and would love to run along the ocean in the nearly perfect temperatures they have year-round. Also, California has a lot of breweries I would enjoy visiting. I also loved the zoo... is running allowed in there, or do they have any races through it? — that would be a lot of fun. 
Here I am at the San Diego Zoo, circa 2006


5. Washington, D.C. I was there when I was pretty young and didn't get in any sight seeing (how disappointing, I know). Planning a racecation that includes either the Cherry Blossom 10-miler or the Nike Women's Half Marathon would be a ton of fun. Not to mention getting a Tiffany's necklace for the Nike race would be pretty sweet. And then, of course, spending a few extra days to get in all of the sight-seeing.

 



Whew! That was hard to choose only five! I secretly have a desire to travel to all 50 states, and would just love it if I could also check off a race in each one as well. Two birds, one stone... right? ;)

Thanks to Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for hosting! Be sure to check out their five choices they posted on their blogs (just click their name/link), along with the other linkups! Ladies – please let me know if I committed any faux pas for the linkup. Hopefully I followed all of the rules :)




12 comments:

  1. Glad to see you linking up today! I have no desire to run an actual race in NYC but I do have much desire to run through Central Park. I've walked through it several times but it never occurred to me to run...lol!

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    1. Thanks! I finally remembered to check it out and join in on the fun :) Haha -I guess next time you're there, you'll need to take a quick jaunt ;)

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  2. Love, love running in Central Park and Boston is a GREAT running city! and of course, DC ;) thanks for linking up ;)

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    1. Thanks for hosting! I don't take for granted that I live in a great city with some wonderful races and areas to run. I feel quite lucky to be where I am, but it doesn't mean I don't want to spread my wings ;) Hopefully I'll make it out to DC in the near future, and get a chance to meet you great gals!

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  3. Great list. I'd love NYC as well. I've heard good things about the Nike in DC, but haven't done. I did Cherry Blossom this past year and greatly enjoyed it. Great flat and fast (not that I am fast) course.

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    1. I don't doubt that I'd have a great time at any of those places. I heard a few complaints about the crowded course at Cherry Blossom. Did you have any issues with that? It must be a really pretty sight to see (the cherry blossoms, not the crowding haha). I also heard that it's a great, flat course. The fast part doesn't pertain to me, as I am not fast either, but more of a middle of the back pack, if that makes sense :)

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  4. I ran in San Diego last summer and it was heaven! I also love to run for wine :-)

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    1. Which race did you do? I hope I can check it off my list in the next few years!

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  5. I like that they're all in your own country! That should make it easier to accomplish.

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    1. Yes – a bit more feasible than all of the other countries I'd like to run!

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  6. DC is a must-run! I work downtown and it's so scenic, and the races are great. I did the Nike race last year and it's like a running sightseeing tour of DC! Great list!

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    1. Thanks! It sounds like a great race, and I REALLY hope I can manage to make a trip out there for it in the next few years :)

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