Some find it stressful or hard to find time to fit in a run while out-of-town. I, however, look forward to running where I’ve never been before. Uncharted territory makes my runs more interesting and enjoyable. I never know where I will end up or what sights I might see.
This past weekend our family went to Utica, Illinois to meet up for a family reunion. Utica is home to Starved Rock State Park. After looking at the website for the state park I was super intrigued to explore the trails, canyons and maybe see a waterfall.
On Saturday morning I set out for a run in the beautiful sunny weather. Right across the street from our resort was the St. Louis Canyon. It was a short distance to run in order to find this beautiful spot. I ran up and down stairs, over bridges and even alongside some cliffs. Even though it was a short run and I stopped in the middle to marvel at the beauty of the canyon, it was well worth it. Out to the canyon and back to the resort was 2.5 miles total.
The only thing that was disappointing about this run was that we were not staying longer. I would have liked to explore the park and its trails, canyons and waterfalls a few more times.
Where have your travels brought you on a run?