Where You Fly
We challenged you a few weeks back to show where your legs go fast and your heart goes free. Thank you for sharing the places you go to fill your soul on the run! Some amazing running spots from the #whereifly challenge:
Bobolink Trail. Boulder, CO
"Not far from downtown Boulder, this peaceful little trail offers amazing vistas of the Flatirons as it meanders alongside the South Boulder Creek. The sights, sounds, and smells here are intoxicating and call me to quiet my mind, practice being present and just run free."
The Mall. Washington, DC
"I love running by the monuments in Washington DC because it's such a powerful reminder of just how amazing it is that I get to live here. I feel lucky to consider this place home each time my feet hit the pavement by these iconic, powerful buildings."
Heil Valley Ranch. Boulder, CO
"Just a short distance up the canyon north of Boulder, is one of my go-to local run spots. Whether I need a short mid-week jaunt or a long weekend run, Heil Valley has plenty of trail variety with a bit of elevation gain thrown in. I love the serenity that these trails provide. Here, I have a close escape where I find myself alone amongst the ponderosa pine; the black squirrels playing and the wild turkeys wandering."
"This is my favorite running trail in world, which is both a blessing and a curse, because it is in the French countryside, far away from my home. I miss running on it every day for months after I leave. The surface is perfect for tired legs: soft-packed dirt and gently rolling hills that take me for miles through forests, the most beautiful countryside scenery you could ever imagine. Past old farmhouses and chateaus from the 14th century! It’s a quiet run where I can dig deep without distractions. I rarely see a soul for miles, except a rare hiker or farmer on an ATV, a stray donkey, or the occasional rabbit."
Entrance of the Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan
"I love sightseeing by way of running because it allows me to cover a lot of ground in a limited amount of time. This photo was taken from the entrance of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Facing the opposite direction, the backdrop was totally different- greenery, gardens, and stone bridges over a moat. I loved seeing the stark contrast between the modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture."
Naramata Bench, Okanagon. British Columbia, Canada
"This is a challenging, hilly route with the most spectacular scenery. The road is lined with grapevines and wineries leading down to Okaganon Lake. I always have to stop, take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty surrounding me. I get to finish my runs here with a dip in the lake! Truly heaven to me."
Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail. Albany, NY
"This trail runs along the Hudson River and provides the perfect place to run to escape the busy city noise and traffic. A place to run fast and feel free. I ran my very first 26.2 on it so it holds a special place in my heart."
Pear Tree Point. Darien, CT
"Early morning runs out to the beach are quiet. Most people in town are still nestled in their homes. Not many runners or cars are out at that early hour. All you can hear are the birds and the sound of your feet on the pavement. The smell of the ocean is soothing. Somehow this is the only way I feel grounded. It magnifies all of my senses. Something so simple and so pure."
Mount Shasta, CA
"Running/hiking to 9500 feet elevation on the majestic Mount Shasta is an amazing experience! The pristine beauty you encounter this high up is absolutely incredible. I've reached the summit of this awesome mountain twice before and it has always inspired me to climb it again."
Rattlesnake Mountain. Benton County, WA
"This run starts with a two-mile ascent up Rattlesnake Mountain to the overlook of the crystal clear Rattlesnake Lake. We continued along the ridgeline and took in big and beautiful views of the Cascades and Mount Rainier, for a total of ten miles! We finished our run with stand up paddle boarding and a dip in the lake."