Now is the Time

By on 14 March, 2014 in Fun, Meg Lewis with 0 Comments
Photo by Kekka

Photo by Kekka

This moment in time – when temperatures are rising, the breeze is turning from an icy razor blade into a gentle waft of mild air against skin warmed by sun – this is the perfect time to get out and run. The trees are popping out little yellow-green leaves and pink blossoms. Grass is turning a little softer and more lush, those bulbs in everyone’s yard are bursting forth with lilies that make the air sweet. That image alone should make you want throw your winter blanket over the treadmill and get your shorty shorts ready for miles and miles of spring running.

Here is a short list of my favorite places to run in the spring time in Montgomery:

1) Old Cloverdale – Easily one of Montgomery’s most beautiful neighborhoods, this area features some of the most well developed lawns and gardens you’ll see anywhere. Time and love and care are evident and the scent of flowers drift through the air, especially on Cloverdale Road near the park. You can map out an easy 2-3 mile run or extend across Fairview Avenue to the campus of Huntington to add more distance. Just make sure you end the run near one of the fabulous breakfast spots like Café Louisa, Derk’s or True!

2) Downtown Montgomery – Granted, this is my own back yard, but the spring sunlight is a particular kind of gorgeous shining against the old buildings, tall windows and through the water of the Court Square Fountain. The cold city feels alive again! A particularly nice visual at this moment is the northern side of the State Capitol building grounds. This semi-shady side of the building has some stunning flowers in bloom right now.

3) Pike Road – If you’re looking for easy, flat, long roads take your chances with the early morning bikers and run down Ray Thorington, Pike Road or Old Pike Road. The gently rolling pastures dotted with livestock will sooth and calm you and give you lots of space to get into a meditative state. If you feel safer with a crowd, come out tomorrow morning for the Junior League Shamrock Shuffle 10k & 2K. They take walk-up registration so come out for this popular run.

4) Swayback Bridge Trail – Nature is fully immersive on this great biking, running and hiking trail in located north of Wetumpka on the shores of Lake Jordan. There are over 12 miles of trail broken up into 1, 2.5, 4 and 7 mile trails which are color coded and marked. You’ll get great hill training in here and will likely enjoy the company of many other outdoor types and some of their dogs, too!

I know it’s been a while since we’ve run in the sunshine, so don’t forget these important warmer weather running practices:

  • If you haven’t run in shorts in a while, don’t forget that chafe stick! Your thighs will remind you before you finish the first mile if you don’t!
  • Sweating is fun! You might experience salty moisture falling into your eyes on this run. Don’t panic. Wear a hat or headband instead.
  • Sunglasses. If you run in shades, you’ll probably need to find those comfy, lightweight glasses that are your stand-by on sunny runs again.
  • Dress for your body and the weather to warm as you run. Tough out a little chill at the beginning of the run because the temperature will probably rise by 10 degrees in the mornings during this time of the year. Think backwards for this if you’re running as the sun goes down. Have a warm layer to throw on if you’re not going inside right after the run.
  • Pack some face cleaning wipes to wash away itchy sweat crystals from your face as you drive home if you’re running outside of your neighborhood.

Wherever you run this season, enjoy it! This is the weather the South is known for and you should get out and make the most of it!

Meg Lewis is a runner and cupcake baker who lives the loft life in Downtown Montgomery. She regularly makes her rounds through downtown and midtown Montgomery evaluating the beer selections, live musical performances and the social atmosphere of local establishments in the company of a small and close-knit group of fabulous people.

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