Treadmills are boring. They do the job for a lot of people, but not for me. I'm sure there will be a time when I'll want to read a book or watch SportsCenter while walking or running, but there are too many places in our area where you can get some fresh air, some great views and some good exercise.
This week's blog could go until next week with all the places I could list, so here's a couple highlights. Please list any of your favorite places below in the comments.
• Castalia Quarry Reserve MetroPark — My personal favorite as it is a two mile loop around the rim which makes the math easy. You can walk or run inside the loop as well and find something new every time you go. I would also recommend the Levee Loop from the parking lot, it is a little over a mile around. The quarry changes every season and nothing beats the snow-covered trails for a peaceful walk or run. I ran with some friends on Monday, pictures are posted above.
• Sandusky Bay Pathway — If you park at the city building at 222 Meigs Street and pick up the pathway near the skate park, a walk or run along the shore including, the Meigs Street Pier, Shoreline Park, Jackson Street Pier, around the Chesapeake Lofts and Paper District Marina to the Shelby Street Boat Ramp and then back to the city building you will have completed about 3-4 miles. If you are feeling really crazy, park at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp and go the opposite way.
• Osborn MetroPark — There is a map attached below of all of the options at the popular MetroPark in Huron Township. If you are going to run/bike/walk/skip/hop the perimeter trail, I would suggest rounding it down to a mile. (actually it's 1.1 miles) But if you think of it as an even mile, the math will be easier and you won't even realize how much more exercise you are getting as those extra tenths add up.
And in the spirit of the Walking Dead starting back up with new episodes, I have to mention the Zombie Run for your Lives in Logan in May. I have heard of zombie runs and would really like to do one in the future, but I don't think this one is going to work with my schedule. I'll have to get what's left of my brains eaten some other time. This zombie run can be anywhere from a 5k to a 10k depending on what path you choose and how well you do with the obstacles...and if you can outrun the zombies.
Upcoming events (click on the race for more information)
Saturday, March 2: Road Apple Run 5K, Ashland
Saturday, March 2: The Survival Race, Columbus
Saturday, March 23: Melt the Ice 5k, Fremont
Saturday, March 23: Christie Lane 5K, Norwalk
Saturday, April 13: Humane Society of Erie County 5k Run/Walk, Sandusky (Entry form is below)
Saturday, April 13: Zumbathon with Kirsi Hemphill, Briar Middle School
Saturday and Sunday, April 27/28: Tough Mudder, Mansfield
Saturday, May 4: March for Babies, Shoreline Park
Sunday, May 5: KLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Bike Ride, Huron
Saturday, May 18: Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race, Defiance
Saturday and Sunday, May 18/19: Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
Sunday, May 19: FIT Challenge 5k Walk/Run
Saturday, May 25: Jon Martin Memorial 5k & 10k, Bellevue
Saturday, May 25: Zombie Run for your Lives, Logan
Saturday, June 1: Warrior Dash, Butler
Sunday, June 9: Kelleys Island 5k/10k (There will be a special Goodtime Cruise to and from the island in memory of Chris Smith)
Saturday, June 15: 35th Annual Camelback 5k/10k, Fremont
Sunday, June 16: Chris Smith Memorial 5k Challenge, Cedar Point
Saturday, June 15: Savage Race, Zanesfield
Saturday, June 22: Team Jenny 5k, Fremont
Sunday, June 23: Norwalk Century Bicycle Ride (419) 663-6775. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday & Sunday, June 29/30: Bike MS Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike to the Bay, Maumee
Sunday, July 20: White Star Triathlon, Gibsonburg
Saturday and Sunday, August 10/11: Warrior Dash, N. Lawrence
Saturday, August 17: Color Me Rad Race, Columbus
Sunday, September 29: Mason's Walk/Run, Osborne Park
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