Best Urban Runs
Another place where urban running blends into natural trail runs is San Francisco. There are always classics such as Chrissy Field and the Golden Gate Park. For those seeking to get a bit more of a trail vibe out of their run, the Marin Headlands offer spectacular views of The Golden Gate Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, and the Pacific Ocean, all from trails that rival the best and most wild parks and mountain ranges in the world. If you want to really do some proper trail running, the Dipsea trail that goes up and over Mt. Tamalpais is about as good as they come. For the racers in you, check out the annual Dipsea point to point race that takes runners from the bay side in Mill Valley to the shores of the Pacific in Stinson Beach and is the oldest cross country trail running event in the United States.
Few urban centers feel like an area where you can both head out to the pubs with friends and have a world-class marathon training camp all at the same time (rumor has it that many a London based British Olympian has done just this). From Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens adjacent to Buckingham Palace and Royal Albert Hall to the vast green expanse of Hampstead Heath and Regents Park to the north, the city has no shortage of great spots for a run. The best part? You won’t be alone. Every day there are thousands of runners preparing for their next marathon or just getting their head right before heading into the office. There are tons of running clubs, many of which finish up their evening runs at the pub. Hey if a post-run pint of bitter worked for Olympians, it must be good for you, right?