Hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was fantastic and exhausting.
Friday morning began with a wake up call at 4:00am to head to the airport where I flew to Cleveland to take part in one of my closest friend’s weddings. This was also our last week of work for the spring in New York City, so I packed it all up and said goodbye to NYC for a little while.
Despite a ridiculously early start to the day and a crazy layover in North Carolina of all places, I was revved up when I arrived at my hotel room (which was beautiful by the way so The Tudor Arms deserves a special shout out). I knew that there were still some busy activities going on later Friday evening and I would feel much better and refreshed if I got some exercise.
So I threw on some running clothes and stopped at the front desk. I asked the concierge where he might recommend going for an 8 mile run. He told me about a trail that started near the Cleveland Institute of Art at a lagoon and then wound down to Lake Erie. This sounded perfect.
After a little running back and forth trying to figure out where he heck I was, I finally found the Institute of Art and this gorgeous lagoon:
It took a little patience to figure out where I was headed but I soon got my bearings and was on my way. This is exactly why it is important to take your phone with you anytime you go for a long run and especially in a new or unfamiliar area. I was able to use the maps on my phone to figure out where I was going and I also knew that if I got myself into trouble I could always call for help or even the front desk of my hotel.
The path followed Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens that wind for miles down to Lake Erie. They are absolutely beautiful and each one represents a different nation. It made for a really fun and scenic run. I was glad I took the time to ask someone local to the area for a recommendation. I never would have found that path on my own and it was the perfect start to the weekend.
It is important to remember that just because you have to go out of town or are taking a vacation, it doesn’t mean running or exercise has to take a backseat. In fact you can use the opportunity to find a great new place to explore. This is a fantastic way to break up the monotony of your daily routine. Remember running in a new place for the first time and spending your run constantly wondering what was around the next corner? It’s a great change from doing the same route day after day. Some of my most favorite runs are those unexpected ones in new places.
Odds are that when you head out of town or go on vacation, you will also be spending some extra time dining out or enjoying some drinks. Taking the time to get in a little exercise will help you stay on track and at least feel a little better about the choices you make later. I even made a point to pull myself back out of bed early on Saturday morning to do it all over again because I knew that it would set a great tone for the day. When you learn to make your exercise a normal part of the day, it really isn’t that difficult to find the time.
The rest of the weekend was a whirlwind of celebrations, planning, watching a beautiful couple get married and a lot of eating, drinking and dancing. It was everything a wedding should be. My friend and I have been through a lot over the past 11 years and it was great to see her happy, and so very much in love. Weddings are always such a wonderful occasion. It was so fun to spend the weekend with a few of my closest friends and my husband, who drove all the way from New York to be there Saturday.
Sunday we got up nice and early again and hit the road. A few hours later we were back in Chicago and ready to start our summer at home!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Where was the best and most unexpected place you have run while on vacation or away for work?