I don’t really like running in cities. I don’t like having to stop at lights or crossing streets. I prefer paths where I only meet other runners or people out walking their dogs. I can get completely lost in a podcast or audio travel guide talking about places I am going to see when I don’t have to watch for cars.
Those are the reasons why I typically pick the fields to run in. Here’s the most common loop I do, however now that I’m trying to get more mileage in, I’m having to get creative.
No matter where I go, the first mile I run is always in the city. I do my best to finish my run so that I can walk back home through the city. I like to end my run while still in the fields so I can enjoy the views. That is getting much harder now that I’m running over seven miles at a time.
I have some German friends and I hope they don’t read this as a negative but I want to share it because it is part of my experience. Americans (especially those of us born and raised in the south) wave at everyone we pass. Not a crazy parade wave but a slight one just to acknowledge that we are passing. To not wave at someone would feel rude to me, though I don’t see Germans who don’t wave back as rude. I understand that this is not their custom. I find it extremely fun when I pass another American and they actually wave first! Germans don’t wave or make eye contact as they pass other people in the fields, unless the person they’re passing has a dog or a baby. I wave to those I pass and get some funny looks but I don’t mind.
Oh, and speaking of dogs: I’ve found that German people tend to train their dogs to leave other people alone. They are almost never on leashes in the fields and I’ve never ever had one approach me. At first I dreaded passing these people who let their dogs off leashes but that soon passed. Seriously, the dogs don’t even notice people. I love German dogs!
There is one particular spot in the fields that I love. I call it the “two trees” because there are two trees there. They are separated by 200 yards, I’d say (but don’t quote me on that). For a short run we can go through the neighbhorhood, turn down one street, turn right at the first tree, right again at the second tree, and back home, for exactly three miles.
Here is a picture taken of the boys on the day we walked to WAAF. We were parked at the 2nd tree on the map.
Here are some of my previous posts about my fields:
- Activity – okay, this is a stretch – April 7, 2011
- Erdbeeren: Nature’s Candy – June 9, 2011
- An evening walk alone – June 21, 2011 (some of my favorite pictures ever)
- He’s BACK! – July 5, 2011
- We dropped a RAWR! – September 22, 2011
- “RAWR” cont… – September 23, 2011
- Strawberry Picking 2012 – June 25, 2012
- Beautiful fields – August 3, 2012
- Fall is on its way! – August 22, 2012
- Cloudy and no rain = outside running – September 27, 2012
- Eventful run – September 29, 2012
A bit about our trip:
This morning I plan to get up before my family to take some sunrise pictures from a location I scouted yesterday while taking the Grand Canal cruise. I plan to pick a spot that will be perfect for early morning pictures. I’ve already checked on the time of sunrise: 0737.
We have plans to see Doges Palace and take the Secret Itineraries tour, which will let us actually cross the Bridge of Sighs.
We will take turns going into St. Mark’s Basilica so that we don’t have to worry about Parker being loud. After this we will take Rick Steves’ “St. Marks to Rialto” walking tour for sunset pictures of the Rialto Bridge. I have researched and found a good family restaurant nearby: Pizzeria Trattoria La Perla: