Best Urban Runs
It doesn’t rain as much as people say it does, but it does rain, especially in the winter. Situated on the Puget Sound, Seattle is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. People here are active, and that is reflected in the number of running options, mostly situated in the north of the city. While there, I tried out Discovery Park, the Arboretum, and Green Lake/Woodland Park as suggested by my friends at the Brooks Beasts Track Club. Discovery Park is the most natural of the three, and on a clear day, you’ll come to clearings out of the dense forest to breathtaking sights of the Puget Sound. The Arboretum, just south of Union Bay is a beautiful curated park with rolling, crushed gravel paths throughout. For a more neighborhood feel, head to Green Lake and Woodland Park for a run around the lake and adjacent park. Water is everywhere here, so enjoy the view and avoid the rain, if you can.
It’s not all Asado, Malbec, and Tango. Buenos Aires is one of the most diverse places in the world. Walk the streets and you’ll see buildings that look like Paris, Rome, Madrid, Bogotà… the list goes on and on. For the uninitiated, Buenos Aires appears to be a chaotic city full of fast-moving cars, buses, and people all dangerously close to each other. Only after the initial shock wears off, does one start to feel a more relaxed vibe amongst the chaos. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the city’s vast, well-curated parks. The largest of them all in the downtown area is the Parque 3 de Febrero. Lace up your shoes and head out for a run and you’ll see tons of Porteños (that’s Argentine for people from Buenos Aires) drinking yerba maté, the tea-like de facto national drink, playing soccer, just relaxing with family & friends or running. In contrast to the isolated forests of Portland, or the somber fog-covered parks of the UK and Northern Europe, running here you can start to understand that there is relaxation in being around people, and the calming (albiet loud) chatter in a fascinating city.