I'm a little conflicted when it comes to traveling & being alone. I'm such a people person that I don't like to do it, but yet it has it's good points to it too. So I make the most of it. Of course, I can't go somewhere big and not run. What would be the point of going all that distance & not living up to my #sherunseverywhere standard?
After my training on Friday I set out on a short run to see some main sights near by. Being a wise conscious runner I made sure to notify the hotel desk that I was going out. After all I am a young(ish) female traveling alone. While I always have my phone on me, if anything were to happen would anyone even know I was missing or gone longer than usual? So I think it makes sense to check in with others around me as I ventured into this big city full of strangers.
(My hotel which was a former YMCA)
My first ever half marathon was run here in St. Louis & I have traveled these for personal reasons before so I wasn't a complete stranger to the downtown area. I set off wanting to see the "big" sights like the Arch. It was close to getting dark when I set out & I didn't want to devote a lot of time to running at this point so I only aimed for a few miles.
On the way back I realized I was only a few blocks from Busch stadium so I swung over there to have a look. I'm NOT a cardinal fan, but was fascinated & taken in by the stadium. All of my running route was fun & thrilling to me. I was like a kid all carefree and lackadaisical without any barriers like time or other people to be considerate of. Just me & my run. It doesn't happen very often.
(The start of my Sunday run. Hotel was right outside of the Union Station)
On Saturday I had a full day of training so I purposely grabbed a quick mile on the treadmill so I could have it done & not worry about running later. Sunday I put more effort into getting a good run in, which meant I couldn't sleep in and had to get out extra early. I had this magical idea that if I timed it just right I could see the sun rise as I stood at the Arch, which overlooks the Mississippi River. The weather didn't cooperate and there was no magical sunrise, but I was down in that area anyway and took my time exploring the area. Without even planning it I found the bridge that lead over the river. I knew I'd be crunched for time, but could not pass up this opportunity to run across the river. Even though I grew up in a river town that is something I have never done.
(On the bridge with the Arch in the background)
When I came back off the bridge I realized I was just a block away from the St. Louis Ram's stadium. I had friends in town for the game. Their son is head equipment manager & they go to all the games. So I thought for fun it would be great to circle the stadium.
I had completely lost track of time and next thing I realized I had racked up 7 miles. I really think I could've run all day & all over town. I had so much fun! It was a rush, but I made it back to my hotel & to my training on time. I'm glad I took the time to get these runs done in & around downtown St. Louis.