I started running a little over two years ago to help my wife train for a marathon. It became addicting–yes, I do experience the so-called “runner’s high,” but the more satisfying aspect to me is having the ability to go almost anywhere, with minimal gear.
For example, during our honeymoon in France we spent our last few days in the wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Being the early riser, and knowing our constrained time limitations, I decided to run to Orange the morning of our last day. After 7 miles of vineyard-lined road, I was in the city and soon standing atop a magnificent Roman theatre. I returned to meet my wife for breakfast and still had plenty of energy for the day.
Eckington may have a 1-mile or so radius of less-than-pristine running paths, but if you think of this as just an on-ramp to the rest of your run, then your options are quite rosy. I intend to add many routes and will give details as to turns and water locations (as I am one who despises carrying water) so that all you will need are your shoes, key and a buck or two.
Most runs will start and finish at the Big Bear Cafe. I am in no way affiliated with BBC, and I never drink coffee or tea. However, it looks to be a promising gathering spot for the community and may help with our neighborhood branding. Perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, the “Eckington Striders” will meet there on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. for our marathon training long-runs.
That is, when the prodigal son, Bloomingdale, returns home.