Running in the City

A few quick observations about running in a big city, as I just moved to one.

  1. runners here aren’t as overly friendly: they don’t wave every time you pass on a trail, barely even a nod most of the time, which is sad really as us runners are all in this together
  2. traffic lights are the worst: they get in the way of a good run, mess up your pace, etc. etc. So instead, play a little game, zig-zag your way across “green light” intersections towards your destination and see how few lights you can actually stop for during the course of your run
  3. there’s trails and paths everywhere: I was riding the train earlier and saw a big section of multi-use, mostly paved, path along side of the train track & highway. Definitely going to hit that at some point. Initially it may seem harder to run in a city with all the traffic and busy streets, but look hard enough and there’s always somewhere to play

Farmers Union Canal West

And here’s the second portion of the trail running west alongside the Farmer’s Union Canal in Star, ID, and trying to stay off gated property.

Total distance: 4.92 mi
Max elevation: 2625 ft
Min elevation: 2516 ft
Total climbing: 515 ft
Total descent: -515 ft

 

This trail too was littered in spent shotgun shells and goatheads, but was longer than going east, mainly due to winding up and back on itself a bit more. Like the other portion of Farmer’s Union Canal trail, it’s worth running once or twice but not something that’s necessarily worth the journey out that way from town (unless of course you live out there, then it’s basically in your back yard!)

Farmers Union Canal East

For my first trail post I’m going to share a short little section of trail I discovered recently, running alongside the Farmer’s Union Canal in Star, ID, and trying to stay off gated property.

 

Total distance: 4.41 mi
Max elevation: 2631 ft
Min elevation: 2516 ft
Total climbing: 459 ft
Total descent: -459 ft

 

This trail was littered in spent shotgun shells, so needless to say I stepped up the pace at times for fear of my safety. Nothing came of it though, I’m still here to write about it! I even made a little game of counting the different colours of shells, in this run Team Red won, 8-4-1. Another note about this trail, and the other section I will write about soon, is that they’re FULL of goat-heads. I spent a good 15 mins pulling them out with pliers after the run.