It’s been just over three months since we moved out of our little condo in Baltimore city and into a house out in the suburbs. While part of me feels like the time has flown by, I also feel like I have been living here for alot longer than three months! As I talked about when we first moved, there were alot of adjustments to make. One of which being that I no longer had easy access to the well-lit paths of the inner harbor anymore, as well as other perfect running routes.
I had lived in this neighborhood before, and had done some running at the time, but not like what I do now. Also, back then I had access to a community gym with a treadmill.
Slowly, I am finding my groove with running out here. One thing that made it easier was the summer daylight hours. Its almost impossible to run in the dark, even if I’m out the door at 5:30 am the sun is already coming up!
I have found a route up to 10 miles, and I hear there are some great trails to explore that are 15-20 minutes away (by car). While I don’t love the idea of driving somewhere to do my long run, I think I would rather do that than circle the same areas over and over. There is one trail that is about 2 miles away, but I don’t think the actual trail part is very long (maybe just a few miles).
One thing that has been interesting (and I know I have mentioned this before) is the HILLS! So many hills! Not like flat Baltimore city where even a ramp felt like a big hill. There is no avoiding them from where I live, and I think thats a good thing.
I’ve also been getting used to the wildlife- no more rats! Just deer, foxes, and rabbits.
I thought I would find myself running back in the city more often, but I have only done that once since I moved. I really prefer running in the morning, and there is nowhere to shower before work now that I don’t have a gym membership.
Whenever I drive around the harbor, I get nostalgic thinking of the hundreds- maybe thousands- of runs I went on down there.
But I can’t complain about my new stomping grounds. It’s quiet, peaceful, and different. I’m not sure how I will feel come the winter, but I will cross that bridge when I get there!
What are the pros and cons about the area(s) where you run?
Have you ever had to move and completely adjust your running routine?
Would you prefer living somewhere totally flat or with lots of (unavoidable) hills?