Thursday, September 15, 2011
Its a better area I guess you could say but any area can be bad. Bad people just come into the good areas, do their badness and then leave. You can't judge an area by the houses and cars alone and I know this.
Where I moved is ideal for runners and bikers. The bike path and running paths abound and go for miles and miles. The only time I have run on these paths is when the KW route takes us along them and by the time we ever got to that stage in the route its been daylight or at least daybreaking.
On two separate occasions since moving I have laid my things out to get up and run a few miles at 5am just like I would do at the old place, and both times I have just chickened out. I don't know why, because honestly the other place was more creepy in sections than here. I don't know if its the lack of businesses, houses and traffic or what, but it just seems more desolate. There are more areas where there is nothing, not a house or anything ESPECIALLY if you do run ON the bike path itself, but I don't think I could do that even if I wanted to. I am just talking about running the sidewalks.
I know that a while back I wrote about safety on the run and I think its important to go with your gut. I also know that its just going to take me a time or two of actually getting out there and running the routes I have mapped out to get some semblance of comfortable.
So bottom line is that I didnt run this morning so I will just run farther tonight :O). I was going to do yoga this week and then pack it in until after Chicago, but I have decided to take this additional week and just focus on running. I will return to hot yoga after I get back. I still cannot freaking believe that Chicago Marathon is 23 days away! Ack!
For the next couple of weeks I will just run, run and run some more. I'll do home yoga for 15 min or so (now that I really have the space for it!) to keep the muscles stretched out a bit and not all tight and compact.
I mapped out a solid 6 mile route which I will do this evening, easy to add on to now that I know how far the bike path goes! So tonight will actually be the first night I go out exploring. Maybe once I get out there, get my wits about me, landmarks and such, I will start to feel more comfortable about running in the wee hours while others are still dreaming in their beds.
If you ever need a great site to map out routes, this is the one I use: Running Map
Have you ever moved and found it difficult to run in a new area due to uncomfortableness of your new surroundings? Do you run in the wee hours alone ever? How many days until your big race?!?!?!?
Posted by Junie B at 8:24 AM