If I could live and run anywhere...
Gosh, the possibilities are endless. I won't name any specific cities (that could potentially elicit some drama...and we don't need any of that these days). But I definitely could give you some ideal settings and backdrops.
Care to hear a few?
First of all, it's not a secret that I'm an art geek. Believe me, I say that with honor and pride. I'd love a nearby urban setting that would have lots of funky street art and whimsical sculptures. Of course, I do have some of this on the local level, but I simply wish for more...
Next, along the lines of my art geekiness, I love admiring and appreciating a variety of architecture. Again, there is plenty of that in my quaint little college town, just not any tall, sky-scraper-like buildings.
I'm not much a swimmer, but I love the peace and serenity of a path alongside a mass of water. It could be a river, a lake, or even a bay area. I don't mind if it's along a busy road (so long as it's on its own path).
It's also nice to run in historic areas and snag a quick history lesson. While on vacation, I've seen remnants from battles, landmark street benches, and points of interest on the sidewalks. It would be nice to have more of these things close by, to entertain me while running.
Since I'm an avid early-morning runner (most days), I need streets that are well-lit. Even though I pretty much have the city to myself at those early hours, it's nice to know I don't have to worry about being seen, as well as being able to see where I'm going. Not everyone is comfortable being out and about in the wee hours, but I really enjoy the calmness. So, an ample supply of streetlights would be greatly appreciated, thank you very much.
Finally, as much as I'm drawn to the city life, there's nothing quite like a quiet paved trail through a park or near a lake. What can I say...I'm a sucker for the great outdoors, and crossing paths with an occasional squirrel or chipmunk always makes me smile. Snakes, not so much.
Like I said, I do have a touch of all of the above in my own town, but it would be heavenly to have a bigger selection. You know, the grass usually does appear greener elsewhere.
Anyways, those are just some random wishes on my ideal places to run.
Your turn...if you could pick anywhere to run, where would you venture to? Do any of the ones mentioned above appeal to you?