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Running on the Road: Norfolk, Virginia

August 21, 2011

Sorry friends, I’ve been traveling for work, which means I don’t post because I’m too tired. Also I blog for work, so sometimes the last thing I want to do (or can do) is write anything clever and insightful.

But lately I’ve been trying to challenge myself to at least keep it healthy on the road, if not blog about keeping it healthy. When I first started in my job I gained a few pounds because of work trips and the fast food that they entailed. Usually when we travel, we’re so busy that fast food is the only thing you can get, or you just don’t eat. One of my coworkers, who’s a vegetarian, ate basically Starbucks and bread one day because we literally didn’t have time for/couldn’t find anything else.

Anyways, part of keeping it healthy on the road – and training for my first marathon! – is finding time to get a run in. But since I have such a strong sense of self-preservation (read: really don’t want to get raped or shanked) I usually am too chicken shit to go run in an area I’m not familiar with.

Enter another one of my coworkers, who assured me that there was a waterfront multiuse trail in Norfolk, and that no, I was going to be killed if I ran on it. Allegedly this trail is called the Elizabeth River Trail, but I didn’t see a whole lot of signage, so who knows about that.

Verdict? AWESOME trail and BEAUTIFUL run. I headed out around 7 to run 5 miles, so the sun was still pounding down (it’s hot in Norfolk) for the first half of my run. I took my iPhone (which I never do, because ugh carrying stuff) because I thought I might want to get photos/have my phone to dial 911 if I needed to. I didn’t bring my Garmin with me on the trip, so I used iMapMyRun to see how fast/far I was going. At one point it said I was running 31 mph so I don’t know about that…

Anyways, here are some photos from the run, which went through a lot of different areas in downtown Norfolk/Ghent, and should most definitely be on your list of things to do if you make it to beautiful Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk waterfront at sunset

That's the Battleship Wisconsin, sup?

A pagoda, because, why not?

Have you done any beautiful runs while traveling for work and avoided getting kidnapped? How do you stay healthy on the road?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 8:26 am

    I run a lot while travelling. My least favourite place to run is Las Vegas – too many junctions/intersections, hardly any uninterrupted miles to run. One day I’ll get out to the mountains beyond Vegas and do some runs there instead.
    Macau is a horrible place to run because of the tropical humidity, but it’s really interesting too; in June this year I saw a huge group of women doing tai chi at 7am using tennis racquets and tennis balls in their movements. It was amazing, and I didn’t hear a single ball make contact with the racquet, they were so graceful.
    My favourite run while working though, out of lots and lots, has to be Barcelona. In the middle of a heatwave/drought, on the wooden walkway that runs along the top of the beach, I went for miles. Perfect surface to run on, incredible weather (it was maybe 6:30am so just about bearable) and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
    Oh, one more comes to mind – I was at Lake Como in Italy for work, so went for a run between villages. Lake and mountain one side, busy road the other side, beautiful sunny day… Then George Clooney came cycling past me, which was kind of surreal.

    • August 23, 2011 12:04 am

      Ok you were in Barcelona, Vegas, Macau AND Lake Como for work??? What do you do and how can I apply??!! Especially if George Clooney is part of the package!

      But no joke, Barcelona is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. Wish I had been a runner back when I visited so I couldn’t knocked out a few miles along the beach too!

  2. August 23, 2011 6:50 am

    It’s not as great as it sounds, trust me! It does take me all over the world though. I work for a casino industry magazine. Back to Vegas in October for a week. I used to travel once or twice a month, but I try not to now – I’m away perhaps a month a year now.

  3. August 25, 2011 11:22 am

    When I travel, my suitcase is half clothes half food. And I love running in new places – your pictures look gorgeous! (yes I am like 2 weeks behind on blogs, you are probalby home by now 🙂 )

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