Right now I’m flying home from a book PR trip to New York City. I was fortunate to get booked on a show called Dr. Oz and filmed a segment today. It wasn’t about joggling but rather cosmetic chemistry. It turns out that according to Google, I’m the most famous cosmetic chemist . National TV exposure like this will no doubt further validate the claim. Perhaps some day it might actually be true outside of Google. But I digress.
I love New York. It’s possibly my favorite city outside Chicago. There are some great places to joggle. Of course, Central Park with its scenic pathways, hills and ample spectators is an excellent place. If you don’t feel like joggling the entire 6 mile loop, you should at least make it a point to joggle the last 2 miles of the New York marathon path which ends in Central Park. You might even run into Jack Horowitcz or Ashrita Furman, the two other jogglers I know who call New York home.
But you don’t have to go to Central Park to joggle. On the west side of the island is a running path that goes along the bay and into another scenic park. It’s a little less crowded there and a nice change of pace. The other New York place I love to joggle is just along the sidewalks down Lexington or Madison or Broadway. The crowds make it challenging as does the frequent red lights but the looks you get and the practice dodging people is invaluable, especially if you are going to joggle in a road race.
Two weeks ago, I traveled to the south of China staying in a place called Shenzhen. It’s a huge city with a population of around 15 million people and is a commuter train ride away from Hong Kong. Joggling there was great fun. My favorite place to joggle was around their government building which is the future home of some museum. It’s a huge structure with lots of room to joggle and plenty of spectators who are amused by joggling. If you ran around the entire property, it would probably cover about a mile. I usually just ran through the center of the building and out to one end. This leads you to a state park that is reminiscent of Central Park, with its water ways, zoo animals and numerous trails. I never found out the name of the park but it did differ in that in the center was a mountain. As you ran around the trails, you steadily climbed the mountain. It was tiring but the sights were amazing. It’s difficult to believe that you are in a large city.
One thing that made running in China more challenging was the humidity and pollution. At times, it was difficult to breath. I found the best time to go joggling was late at night however, it wasn’t as fun since there weren’t any people out to amuse. On my last day I joggled in the morning and that was a good idea too. There were a lot of people in the park who were doing sun salutations and other yoga positions. There was also traditional Chinese music playing on speakers that were situated throughout the park. It was just like the China I imagined. Interestingly, not much else of China was like I thought it would be. It’s so…normal. (Expect of the language of course).
During the streak I’ve joggled in a number of cities around the country. Here is just a sampling.
Jupiter, FL – Nice weather / great trails
Jacksonville, FL – Nice beach joggling
Orlando, FL – Great weather
Trumble, CT – hilly
Long Island, NY – Tough to find a good running route
Pheonix, AZ – Beautiful scenery and weather
Las Vegas, NV – I love Vegas
Albuquerque, NM – Colder than expected. Nice mountains
St. Louis, MO – Love to run around the arch
Cleveland, OH – Snowy & cold when I was there
Cincinnati, OH – Hilly!
Columbus, OH – ran around a parking lot
Charlotte, NC – Nice scenery and hills
Nashville, TN – An excellent marathon
Atlanta, GA – Feels like being in the south
Twin Cities, MN – Cold & gray when I was there
Milwaukee, WI – Nice run by the lakefront
Wausau, WI – Joggled around town after ski trip. Nice enough
Indianapolis, IN – Flat and fun half marathon
Hungry Horse, MT – Beautiful scenery
Park City, UT – Mountains & beautiful scenery
Newark, NJ – Ran next to parking lots, ugh.
Baltimore, MD – Nice run along harbor
Philadelphia, PN – Lots of history here
Toronto – Nice place to run but a little cold in November
Somewhere in Texas – After 10 hours of driving a run was tough but flat
South Bend, IN – Best marathon of my career. Little hilly
South Haven, MI – Running country roads, fun & isolating
Annapolis, MD – Historical run around the capital. Brick roads
Akron, OH – The start of the streak
Ocean City, MD – A great boardwalk for running
Flint, MI – Hilly for the 10 miler
French Lick, IN – Nice scenery in the fall. Steep hills
Bloomington, IN – Nice scenery and not as hilly
I’ve like them all for one reason or another. Beautiful scenery in Montana & Utah. Great weather in Arizona & Florida. None of my traveling workouts have been particularly good but I’m thankful that I use joggling as a way to really see the places I travel.
Where is your favorite place to joggle? Leave a comment below.