Another key factor to refueling your love for running is to always have different routes to run. New routes bring new adventures, and also new restaurants and businesses to visit in the future. With that I’m always eager to try new routes because it exposes me to new things when I’m new to an area entirely. As the time goes on, I keep adding on to that run to expose myself to more things in the area which eventually I will get to know the area lot more.
Prior to this run I had the desire to start my run at Palmer Square in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with the goal of running a totally different route. In the past, I have mapped out the distance from the park to The Logan Theatre, which was the route I wanted to go. However, I wanted to go further than the distance I mapped out so I chose W Diversey Ave as my turnaround point, which ended up being the 1 mile mark of this route. I like to keep my runs simple and short unless I’m training for something beyond 10 miles, because what is the purpose of going out for a long run if you do not have a long race coming up. Sights along this 1 mile out-and-back run were a newly added sculpture at Palmer Square, which was a large hand on a tree; The Logan Theatre; the Illinois Centennial Monument and a couple coffee shops along N Milwaukee Ave.
As you can see my run was in support of Feeding America, which has been featured by Forbes as one of 100 largest charities in the United States. Feeding America is a national network of 200 food banks and organizations. Not bad huh?