Running

Monday, December 5, 2011

Living in the City Centre has so many benefits that I in no way regret my move, but I have been struggling with finding a place to run.  The motivation to run comes so rarely that I really need to take advantage of it when it hits me.  When I was living in Boston I had a bike path just behind my apartment on which I could run for miles with only one or two roads to cross over and some bicyclists to dodge.   UCD also had a nice path and a large enough campus that I could get a decent run in without having to go out on the roads.

The few times I've tried running since living here, however, have been difficult.  There are a few parks in the area but they aren't really big enough to run through without have to loop around and backtrack a few times.  There's also the problem of the thousands of tourists that like to walk around and take pictures of everything.  This isn't so much a problem in the parks themselves but between the tourists and the traffic just getting to the parks is a hassel.

I'm not sure why I didn't think of it before, but if I just go north I can run along the Quays with almost no interruptions.  There aren't many tourist sites until you get down near O'Connell Street and there are only a couple bridges that you may have to stop at a light for.  It is also a beautiful area with the Liffey on one side and mix of new modern office buildings and old dock houses on the other.  For being in the center of the city it is actually quite peaceful.  I just have to turn on my boy Lupe and go.  The more important problem is, of course, actually finding that motivation to run.  Hopefully this will be easier now that I've found somewhere to go... hopefully.

I also don't think that it is much of a coincidence that as I inch closer to finals my motivations to clean, do laundry, exercise, and blog become greater.

The Liffey

3 comments:

  1. Erin! Myself and Lukas went for a GREAT run today on the beach!! It's really lovely down there, and zero interruptions, no stops, amazing views. really popular running spot, I'll let you know when we do the next one!

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  2. Definitely let me know! I can't promise I'll have the motivation to do it but with a little peer pressure it just might work.

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  3. Have you tried the canal and the beach? It's a bit further from the city but it's really nice!

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