- Summit Avenue
- The Mississippi River
- Fort Snelling State Park
- The Lakes (Isles, Calhoun, Cedar, Harriet, and Nokomis)
- Minnehaha Parkway
- Minnehaha Park
- Stone Arch Bridge
- Fantastic neighborhoods
- A bunch of different universities and colleges
Running was ideal in Minnesota. Not so much in Michigan. Here are my options where I'm living now.
- East on Metro Parkway, a high speed street with a "bike path" and few trees.
- West on Metro Parkway, a high speed street with a "bike path" and few trees.
- Into a subdivision the shape of a trapezoid with a height of 1 mile and a base of 1 mile.
So I haven't run much. I got sick of running on Metro Parkway after about a week, then ventured into the neighborhood, and got tired of running there because there's only one street that goes all the way through.
I tried to change things up a bit by going to Stoney Creek Metropark on Saturday, and that was fun. I had only been there once before for a cross country meet, and had forgotten how massive Stoney Creek actually is. I'm pretty sure there were more bicycles in the park than cars, and even on a hot and humid Saturday morning, the path was filled with runners and walkers. It was a bit too crowded for me, but I decided to save finding the hiking trails for another day.
And really, this is the toughest part. I want to run. But I hate having to drive somewhere to go running. So I don't run. I'm moving to a new apartment in September that's in the heart of Rochester, and since it's very close to the Paint Creek and Clinton River trails, things should improve a bit. But it really bothers me that after having such a good year in 2010 that I'm back to square one in the year that I had hoped would bring me to the next level.
Sorry for two rant-like posts in a row. My next post will be a bit more upbeat—a race report!