The beauty of running is you can literally do it anywhere. City streets and suburban neighborhoods. Park trails and riverfronts. Around the resorts at Walt Disney World (one of my favorite spots!) Oh, and on a treadmill. (My least favorite!)
The routine route I follow to pound the pavement is the focus of today’s Tuesdays on the Run link-up, hosted by fellow bloggers April, Patty, and Erika. Check out their blogs, I know you’ll enjoy them!
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
We moved to Nashville in 2011 and I immediately found the Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. These parks are (in)famous for the hills. The parks also have some of the most scenic and interesting trails in all of Nashville. Two years ago, the city completed a greenway trail that follows the Harpeth River all the way from my neighborhood to the Warner Parks. I now run this trail at least once a week. During half marathon training, I run the Harpeth River Greenway all the way to the Warner Parks.
Here is a quick look at the trail from start to finish on a hot, steamy July day. This run also took place at 10:30 a.m. The trail is usually full of people running, walking, biking. But it was pretty sparse this day due to the heat and humidity. The start of the trail is concrete, but fortunately it soon turns to pavement.
This first part of the trail is sandwiched between the Harpeth River and a golf course.
In about a half mile, the path actually crosses the river. I love this rusty, weathered bridge. I think it’s meant to look old, but in reality it’s only been in place for two years.
You can sometimes catch a kayak in the river below. Not today, though, as the heat index was 100 degrees!
At this point you can also walk down to the river banks and under the bridge. We’ve done this many times during family bike ride outings.
After you cross the bridge, the trail leads you into a wide open pasture. In the early mornings, I have spotted deer, geese, and other wildlife in the field. Today, it just looks hot. And overgrown. The city usually maintains the grass, so I’m assuming the crews are behind schedule.
The heat got to me on this run. I made it to the 1.5 mile mark and decided to head back. If you continue on, you actually run along the river again. And in the shade. I just didn’t have the energy to do it. So I turned around and followed the curves of the trail back to the shaded area.
Ah, I finally made it back to the trail head. I look like a hot mess in this photo, but wanted you to see the beautiful rolling river that greets you at the end. A relaxing reward, of sorts.
So this is where I run. Where do you run? Let me know and leave me a comment below.